By SM .17 Apr, 2021
NEW DELHI: India"s Covid caseload rose to 1.45 crore with 2,34,692 fresh infections - the sharpest-ever daily spike - as the country recorded over 2 lakh cases for the third straight day. With 1,341 deaths, India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic this year.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will today hold a meet with health ministers of 11 states on the Covid crisis. The meeting will start at 11:30 AM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning appealed in a tweet that the mega Kumbh Mela should "now only be symbolic". The gathering of tens of thousands of pilgrims and fears of violation of Covid protocols along the banks of Ganga has sparked nationwide concern.
Maharashtra and Delhi saw the highest-ever surge in infections in the last 24 hours. With 63,729 new infections, Maharashtra"s caseload is past the 37-lakh mark now. Delhi, which has surpassed Mumbai, has recorded over 8 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic; 19,486 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
Grim scenes from hospitals running out of oxygen supply and crematoriums struggling to keep up have caused worry as authorities scramble to break the chain of transmission amid the fast-growing second wave.
The alarming surge in cases is being reported as states continue to report vaccine shortages. Over 12 crore doses of vaccines have been administered so far, according to the Health Ministry data. Yesterday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stressing that "vaccine stocks have completely run out".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a high-level meet about the efforts being made by the government to import medical grade oxygen to bridge the demand-supply gap.
The government on Friday evening issued its third emergency order in 24 hours to ensure the uninterrupted supply of cylinders across state borders, and to allow manufacturers and suppliers to serve hospitals across India. Earlier this month, the government had insisted there"s no shortage of medical oxygen.
Weekend restrictions are back in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh among other states. Maharashtra, earlier this week, announced tough restrictions for 15 days.
The government earlier this week identified 12 states - Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan - as those having high Covid "burden".
Worldwide, nearly 14 crore cases have been recorded so far and nearly 30 lakh people have died. India has the second-highest number of cases after the United States (3.15 crore).
Maharashtra and Delhi on Friday reported their biggest-ever single-day surge in coronavirus cases, according to government data. This comes as the country logged over 2 lakh Covid cases for the second consecutive day.
While Delhi reported 19,486 Covid cases in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra logged 63,729 infections.
The national capital also reported 141 deaths, which is its biggest one-day Covid death count. The city"s active cases have risen to highest-ever 61,000. The recovery rate has dropped to 90.94 percent.
Delhi"s positivity rate was 19.69 percent. 12,649 Covid patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. Nearly 99,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in the city during the period.
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, logged 398 deaths in the last 24 hours. 45,335 patients were discharged.
Out of 2,33,08,878 laboratory samples, 37,03,584 have been tested positive (15.89%) for the virus until today, the state government said in a statement.
Currently, 35,14,181 people are in-home quarantine and 25,168 people are in institutional quarantine.
In Maharashtra, Pune reported 11,047 cases and 47 deaths. Mumbai logged 8,803 cases and 53 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Nagpur with 6,395 cases and 23 deaths.
India today logged a record 2,34,692 daily coronavirus cases as many states - including Delhi and Maharashtra - grappled with a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines, and vaccine doses.
1,341 people dying of Covid in the last 24 hours pushed the country"s death count to 1,74,308.
Experts say people"s carelessness in following anti-Covid rules and new mutant variants are behind the massive surge.
Both Maharashtra and Delhi have imposed night curfews and weekend lockdowns to fight the rapid second wave of infections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed yesterday about the efforts being made by the government to import medical-grade oxygen to bridge the demand-supply gap.
At a review meeting comprising senior officials of several ministries, PM Modi suggested that the production of medical oxygen should be scaled up.