In Highest Single-Day Covid Spike, Delhi Reports 28,395 Cases, 277 Deaths

Cornelia Mascio
Апреля 21, 2021

Of the total new cases reported in the last 24 hours, 78 per cent were reported from 10 states while 62 per cent of the active cases are in just five states.

"If we don't get enough supplies by tomorrow morning, it will be a disaster", he said, calling for urgent help from the federal government.

"The situation was under control till a few weeks back, and then this second corona wave came like a storm", he said.

On Monday, the state govt had set up a 24-member committee to ensure the "rational" use of oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Under the third phase of the national vaccination drive commencing next month, the vaccine manufacturers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market.

Residents in Delhi, which is under a six-day lockdown that began on Monday night, are fighting for hospital beds, oxygen, medicines - and even a place in its many crematoriums and graveyards.

Health ministry data on Wednesday showed a record 2,023 fatalities and 295,000 new cases in 24 hours, among the world's biggest daily case totals and on a par with numbers seen in the United States during a deadly surge in January.

India has administered more than 130 million shots so far and from May 1 all adults will be eligible for a shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection has said all travel should be avoided to India, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled a visit to New Delhi that had been scheduled for next week, and his government said it will add India to its travel "red list". In the total number of cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, India is second only to the United States.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 58,924.

"The huge pressure on hospitals and the health system right now will mean that a good number who would have recovered, had they been able to access hospital services, may die", said Gautam I. Menon, a professor at Ashoka University. This is for the sixth consecutive day that India reported over two lakh cases in a day. A net increase of 1,02,648 cases recorded in the total active caseload in a day.

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