India surpassed the world’s highest daily number of Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day, as the situation continues to soar with more than 330,000 infections recorded in the past 24 hours and hospitals struggling to cope.
The latest data saw India record a tragic double record: globally, for the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, and nationally, for the worst single day of virus-related deaths. The 332,730 new infections have brought his figure since the start of the pandemic to over 16.3 million, while virus deaths have increased by 2,263 to a total of 187,390, according to data from the Ministry of Health released on Friday.
The continuing increase in the number of cases occurs as the nation faces a shortage of oxygen supplies for Covid patients, leaving doctors unable to provide care for some patients. Crematoriums were forced to hold mass funerals to avoid an accumulation of coffins.
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Addressing the situation, the health minister of the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, TS Singh Deo, said: “Is sad. It’s serious … There is an extreme shortage of ICU beds. “
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed similar concerns after meeting with ministers in the hardest-hit areas of the country, pledging to do whatever it takes to ensure a continuous supply of medicines and oxygen to anyone in need.
Just a day earlier, the country surpassed the previous global daily record of 297,430 infections held by the United States, as the country faces the spread of a newer variant, called B1617, which scientists say is more contagious than previous strains.
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