Article image India Covid surge hits new record as oxygen runs short

India records more than 2,000 Covid deaths in 24 hours; daily spike of nearly 3 lakh new cases

India reports worlds largest single-day tally of coronavirus cases

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that now India produces 7,500 tonnes a day out of which 6,600 tonnes are being provided to the States for medical use. "I have not got confirmation", he said.

There were 295 041 new cases on Wednesday, 259 170 cases on April 20, 273 510 on April 19. The hospital has 12 to 14 hours of oxygen left for 200 patients relying on it, the source added.

Prime Minister Modi also had an interaction with vaccine manufacturers from across the country via video conferencing during which he urged vaccine manufacturers to continuously scale up their production capacity to inoculate all Indians in the shortest possible time.

Consequently, India's 7-day rolling average of confirmed daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks from 6.75 new cases per 100,000 people on April 6 to 18.04 new cases per 100,000 people on April 20, possibly driven by new variants of the virus, including one that was first detected in India, experts say.

A Kashmiri man receives the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 at a health centre. Over 2,000 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

"I came to know that the tanker was stopped by certain people in Delhi yesterday, while it was on its way to Faridabad for distributing oxygen to certain hospitals". Around 120 patients are now in the ICU.

Tanks of oxygen are being shuttled across the country to hotspots to keep up with the demand, and several state governments have alleged that many have been intercepted by other states en route to be used to meet local needs. Vij said he had issued instructions that all tankers carrying oxygen across Haryana would from now on be escorted by the state police force.

The court conducted an extraordinary hearing at 8pm on a distress plea made by Max Group of Hospitals, stating that if the supply of oxygen was not replenished immediately, the lives of the patients who were critical and on oxygen support would be endangered. "The interrupted supply could be linked to the deaths of the patients in the hospital", media reported him saying. But now they are everyday occurrences in the vast country, which is seeing its largest surge of the pandemic so far and watching its chronically underfunded health system crumble.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,32,76,039, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.17 per cent, the data stated. She died before she could be tested for the virus.

Kamla Devi, a 71-year-old diabetic, was rushed to a hospital in New Delhi when her blood sugar levels fell last week. Meanwhile, 13,449,406 have returned home after treatment. "The hospitals have no place for you", said Dharmendra Kumar, her son.

"My friend is desperate. we have been trying for all the government helplines but none of them are responding (and) most of the oxygen suppliers have switched off their phones", said Zain Zaidi, sales manager at a Lucknow hotel.

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