Indian authorities scrambled to shore up supplies of medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, Delhi, on Wednesday as a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus stretched medical infrastructure to breaking point, officials and doctors said.
Health ministry figures showed 295,000 new cases in 24 hours, on a par with numbers seen in the United States in January, and 2,023 fatalities, bringing the country's total death toll to 182,553.
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.
Nine States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
He also alleged that people involved in supplying oxygen are being stopped in different states. Yesterday, it was very critical.
He said yesterday a lockdown should only be a last resort.
The daily active cases tally rose to 20, 31,977. There are 85,575 active cases in Delhi.
CAL1 WB-VIRUS-TRAIN-CANCELLATION Suburban train services hit in Bengal after 90 drivers, guards test COVID-19 positive Kolkata: Eastern Railway on Tuesday said it has so far cancelled 56 local trains in the Sealdah section after around 90 drivers and guards tested positive for COVID- 19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India faced a coronavirus "storm" overwhelming its health system. We have been demanding for one week to increase the oxygen supply quota to Delhi, which the Central government has to do. "We are trying to increase oxygen production and supply across the country", Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday evening. Most of the Delhi hospitals have oxygen left for only 8 to 12 hours.
"We had nearly lost hope".
"I am scared for my parents and relatives more than I am scared for myself because they are not young anymore and getting admitted into a hospital right now is next to impossible", one Delhi resident told AFP.
ICSE cancels class 10 boards exams, withdraws option for students to appear later New Delhi: The ICSE class 10 board exams have been cancelled in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation and the option for students to appear later has been withdrawn, board secretary Gerry Arathoon said on Tuesday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi compared the central government's vaccine strategy with demonetisation, which according to him, helped industrialists flourish and made common people suffer.