A 76-year-old Indian woman, Shakuntala Gaikwad, who was declared dead after testing positive for COVID-19, shocked her family members when she woke up minutes before her own cremation, according to local media reports.
The woman from Baramati, had tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
Reports claim that after her condition deteriorated, family members drove her to a Silver Jubilee Hospital on May 10 but were unable to secure a bed for her because all the wards were full.
While they anxiously waited outside in a private vehicle, the woman became unconscious, leading the family to believe she had passed away.
The family reportedly took her back home and started preparing for cremation, but just before the funeral bier was about to be set alight, Gaikwad opened her eyes and began crying.
This was confirmed by local policeman, Santosh Gaikwad, as she has been taken back to the hospital for further treatment. Her current condition is not known.
India is still in the midst of a devastating second coronavirus wave, recording over 4,000 deaths in the last 24 hours.
It is reporting record-breaking new cases and deaths every other day as people are struggling to find hospital beds, oxygen, or medical treatment.
The country has reported more than 24 million cases and more than 270,000 deaths so far, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University. Experts say actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher.