India sets new global record for daily COVID-19 cases

New Delhi running out of medical oxygen as India grapples with coronavirus ‘storm’

"In the afternoon the Haryana police came to the plant and said that they can not allow us to send the tankers to Delhi".

Registering a steady increase for the 42nd in a row, the active cases have increased to 21,57,538, comprising 13.82 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid recovery rate has dropped to 85.01 per cent.

"After repeated request to the UP CM/Central Govt, we are not able to get enough oxygen supply".

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"It is the Centre's responsibility to ensure supply of oxygen to hospitals running short of it".

In New Delhi, India's capital, officials have issued stark warnings about looming oxygen shortages. The country is also grappling with the emergence of two "escape mutations".

Modi said in an address to the nation on Tuesday night that "all efforts are being made" to boost supplies.

He also assured all possible support and smooth approval process for the vaccine candidates which are now under trial phase.

"The situation was under control till a few weeks back, and then this second corona wave came like a storm", Modi said, AFP reported. More than 182,500 deaths relating to Covid-19 have been reported in India.

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In Jharkhand, Chief Minister Hemant Soren announced the decision to enforce a lockdown from April 22 to April 29 and said the period will be observed as "health safety week". Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 67,468.

The Assam government ordered that all markets and shops will be shut by 6 PM. A high blood pressure patient, Ms. Pushpa was also diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia, she said.Ms. Chaudhary said after relatives protested, the district magistrate reached the spot and assured the people that oxygen supply was on its way.

Hospitals in the western state of Maharashtra and its teeming capital Mumbai were also experiencing dire shortages, press reports said.

Police arranged 11 oxygen cylinders for Amarleela Hospital in West Delhi's Janakpuri when it sent out a distress call around 9 am its stock of oxygen was almost exhausted. I again urge the Centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. LNJP had 12 hours of oxygen left, Ganga Ram 16-18 hours, Max Patpargunj, 8-10 hours.

There were 295 041 new cases on Wednesday, 259 170 cases on April 20, 273 510 on April 19.

"The Centre has all the power and resources at their command", the High Court said.

Several major cities are already reporting far larger numbers of cremations and burials under coronavirus protocols than those in official COVID-19 death tolls, according to crematorium and cemetery workers, the media and a review of government data.

Vardhan said that given the sudden spurt in oxygen demand with an increase in coronavirus patients, many hospitals in Gurugram and Faridabad, both cities which cater to patients from Delhi and other parts of the country, were left with low supplies.

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