2.73 Lakh Fresh Covid Cases, 1,619 Deaths In New Record High For India
India Covid Cases: This is the fifth straight day that India has recorded more than 2 lakh Covid cases in 24 hours.
Hit by the second Covid wave, India recorded 2,73,810 fresh infections and 1,619 deaths in a new record high, taking the caseload to 1.5 crore; 1.78 lakh people have died so far. This is the fifth straight day that over 2 lakh cases were reported.
The government on Sunday said it has increased the supply of medical oxygen to 12 “high-burden states”, including Maharashtra, which has the highest caseload in the country. Heart-breaking visuals from across the country have captured the distress of patients struggling to get hospital beds and medical oxygen.
The supply of oxygen meant for industries will also be diverted for medical use, the centre said on Sunday. Railways is also preparing to run “Oxygen Express Trains” via green corridors to give a boost to the fight against Covid.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka saw the biggest single-day surge in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra logged 68,631 infections, Delhi reported 25,462 new cases while Karnataka saw a spike of 19,067 cases. Bengaluru too saw highest daily surge with 12,793 cases.
In Delhi, weekend curfew is likely to be extended after a meeting between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. On Sunday, Mr Kejriwal also red-flagged shortage of medical oxygen amid Covid surge.
Delhi is facing “acute shortage of oxygen“, Mr Kejriwal wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states (sic),” he posted.
Worldwide, over 14 crore cases have been recorded so far and 30 lakh deaths.