Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, have asked local authorities to find more burial sites.
A violent second wave ravaged parts of India, including oppressive hospitals, morgues and crematoria.
The total number of Covid cases crossed 18 million on Thursday, with 386,452 infections reported, the largest increase for any country in a single day.
More than 390 deaths were reported in Delhi, the highest rate the capital has ever seen in a single day since the outbreak began.
“Deaths in the city are mainly related to Covide և Due to lack of space, people have to cremate their loved ones in crematoria, which are not designed to take victims in Covide. “That’s why we proposed more crematoria,” said a senior Delhi police officer, according to NDTV.
Oxygen, drugs, hospital beds are still scarce, people are asking to find their loved ones on social media.
The central government of India is facing severe criticism for its handling of the epidemic, as well as for allowing election rallies and religious festivals to continue.
The health minister defended the government on Thursday, saying the country had the lowest mortality rate in the world and that oxygen supplies were “adequate”.
Tough Vartan told ANI news agency that oxygen is now “available from many sources”, including those from abroad, and “spare” cryogenic tanks are being built.
Experts say blocking vaccines is the only way out.
All adults over the age of 18 will be vaccinated in India on Saturday. But even though India is the largest producer of vaccines in the world, it does not have enough resources for the estimated 800 million people who will qualify.
Many states are already reporting vaccine shortages.
The financial capital of India, Mumbai, where more than 20 million people live, has stopped vaccinations for three days due to “consumption of existing vaccines”, according to a statement from the civil authority.
Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhiden said on Twitter that the city would now store supplies for people over the age of 45.