India’s coronavirus death toll is nearing the bleak milestone of 200,000 with another 2,771 fatalities reported while its armed forces have pledged urgent medical aid to help battle the staggering spike in infections. Al Jazeera reports that the Chief of Defence said late on Monday that oxygen would be released from armed forces reserves and retired medical personnel would join health facilities that are struggling under the sheer number of cases. Other retired medical officers have been urged to provide consultations through emergency helplines, while nursing staff and medical officers on staff appointments at military headquarters will be deployed to support overburdened health workers. Meanwhile in some of India’s worst-hit cities, bodies were being cremated in makeshift facilities in parks and parking lots.