With 2,59,170, India Reports Slight Decline In Daily Covid Cases

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Indian capital running out of medical oxygen as pandemic surges

More than 12.71 crore shots of the vaccine have been administered in the country so far, while over 32 lakh of them have been given in the last 24 hours. Every third person tested for coronavirus was found positive, the state government said, piling the pressure on health infrastructure. Chhattisgarh reported 15,625 cases, the state's second highest daily tally after 16,083 reported on Saturday. 1,82,553 deaths have been recorded so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India faced a coronavirus "storm" overwhelming its health system. "Hopefully, the Delhi government will send oxygen soon", he said.

Meanwhile, with a third of the month still to go, April has already seen almost 34 lakh (3.4 million) COVID-19 cases in India, the highest for any full month. Most patients are coming in a critical condition and require oxygen.

Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan report 77.67% of the new cases.

"During the day time (on Tuesday), the hospital faced tough times due to shortage of oxygen".

Late on Tuesday, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Office said, "We (Delhi Govt) are responding to the below query, that 241 MT of oxygen was supplied to Delhi on Monday and 355.33 MT on Tuesday (upto 3 PM) by five manufacturers, and the total stock of oxygen in the city's hospitals upto 3 PM on Tuesday was 508 MT".

The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases mounted to 1,50,61,919 with a record single-day rise of 2,73,810 coronavirus infections on Monday.

In neighbouring Karnataka, the BS Yediyurappa government has announced a stricter set of measures to attempt to control the massive Covid spike being witnessed by the state.

Delhi is under a six-day lockdown to try and stem the transmission.

On Tuesday, the health ministry reported 259,170 new infections nationwide - a sixth day over 200,000 and getting closer to the peak of almost 300,000 seen in the United States in January.

No new cases were registered in the Nenets Autonomous Region and the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

Mizoram on Tuesday became the first northeastern state to declare a week-long lockdown from Tuesday to April 26.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,31,08,582 patients have recovered, while 20,31,977 cases involve active infections.

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