Highest single day deaths of 1,761 in India, 2.59L cases

COVID19 deaths

A day after reporting a record 19,067 infections, Karnataka added 15,785 new cases, marking a high daily positivity rate of 12.8% with 1,23,212 tests. "The second wave of infections has come like a storm", he said in a televised address to the nation, urging citizens to stay indoors and not panic amid India's worst health emergency in memory.

India recorded more than 2,000 COVID deaths on Wednesday and nearly 300,000 new cases, among the world's biggest daily totals since the pandemic began, official data showed.

New Delhi, April 20 (SocialNews.XYZ) Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Chairman D.S. Rana on Tuesday reiterated the urgent need of oxygen for Covid patients admitted in his hospital's ICU, warning they could be in jeopardy if fresh supplies were not provided urgently.

Distraught relatives are now being forced to pay exorbitant rates on the black market for medicine and oxygen and WhatsApp groups are awash with desperate pleas for help. Large public hospitals in the city of 20 million people still have between 8 and 24 hours of oxygen.

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.

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Hospitals in the western state of Maharashtra and its teeming capital Mumbai, the epicentre of the surge, were also experiencing dire shortages, press reports said. We have been demanding for one week to increase the oxygen supply quota to Delhi, which the Central government has to do.

The 2,023 new fatalities include 519 from Maharashtra, 277 from Delhi, 191 from Chhattisgarh, 162 from Uttar Pradesh, 149 from Karnataka, 121 from Gujarat, 77 from Madhya Pradesh, 64 from Rajasthan, 60 from Punjab, 51 from Bihar, 48 from Tamil Nadu, 46 from West Bengal, 45 from Jharkhand and 35 each from Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

Delhi's lockdown prompted tens of thousands of migrant workers to flee the megacity, in scenes reminiscent of the national shutdown a year ago that inflicted economic and human misery.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection has said https://bit.ly/2Qg99IY 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". Hong Kong and New Zealand have banned flights from the country. Over 13.01 crore vaccine doses have been administered since the mega inoculation drive against Covid began in January. Vaccines may be less effective against this variant.

India's cumulative recoveries stand at 1,31,08,582 on Tuesday.

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