India reports over 2.5 lakh new COVID- 19 cases, 1,761 deaths

Marco Green
April 21, 2021

This is the highest number of deaths recorded in a day since the start of the pandemic. The actives cases in the country are now over two million. India on April 10 crossed 10 lakh active cases.

"The situation was manageable until a few weeks ago".

With the slightest decline in cases, India has recorded 259,170 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Production of key coronavirus drugs slowed or even halted at some factories and there were delays inviting bids for oxygen generation plants, according to press reports.

"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.

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. In another tweet, he wrote, "Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi". The western state of Maharashtra, home to the financial capital Mumbai, also plans to impose a stringent lockdown this week to try to halt the rise in cases, the cabinet said.

One local hospital with more than 500 COVID-19 patients on oxygen has enough supplies for only four hours, Delhi's health minister Satyendar Jain said late on Tuesday.

"The (central government), states and private sectors are trying to ensure every needy patient gets oxygen", Modi said in his address. After Maharashtra, southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are worst-hit by the virus. Hong Kong and New Zealand have banned flights.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,32,76,039, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.17 per cent, the data stated.

India began the world's biggest vaccination drive in January, but has reported a shortage of shots.

Amid the worrying surge in cases due to the second wave of the pandemic, the total caseload in India now stands at 1.53 crore.

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