India reports record number of new coronavirus cases

Ruben Hill
April 22, 2021

India reported 3,14,835 Covid-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic early past year, taking the overall infection tally to 1,59,30,965 on Thursday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The Congress also took strong exception to the Serum Institute of India fixing the price of vaccines at Rs 400 per dose for states and Rs 600 for private hospitals. "There is no ambulance to take me to hospital", he said.

Major government hospitals in the city of 20 million people had between eight and 24 hours' worth of oxygen while some private ones had enough for just four to five hours, said Delhi's deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia. In comparison, 43,846 daily cases were reported a month earlier on March 21.

The stark figures come as health care and other essential services across India are close to collapse amid a second coronavirus wave that is tearing through the country with devastating speed. No country has reported more cases in one day so far.

In the last 11 days, the daily count of cases has nearly doubled from 1.31 lakh reported on April 9 to 2.73 lakh on April 20.

India's capital of New Delhi is now in a week-long lockdown to help curb surging infection numbers.

"It is the Central government's responsibility to ensure sufficient oxygen supply to hospitals".

But many facilities went back to supplying oxygen to industries and now several Indian states face such shortages that the Health Ministry has urged hospitals to implement rationing. You can not have people die because of no oxygen. The state's health minister Rajesh Tope spoke on television in India and was reported saying that the patients who were on ventilators had died. Vij said he had issued instructions that all tankers carrying oxygen across Haryana would from now on be escorted by the state police force.

In Kanpur, another city in Uttar Pradesh state, 35 new temporary platforms have been set up on Bithoor-Sidhnath Ghat stretch along Ganges River to cremate bodies.

As for testing, the ICMR said that 27,10,53,392 samples have been tested up to April 20, including 16,39,357 samples that were tested on Tuesday.

Dire medicine and oxygen shortages as India battles a ferocious new Covid-19 wave mean boom times for profit gougers, although some young volunteers are doing their best to help people on Twitter and Instagram.

"It's the result of a complex mix of bad policy decisions, bad advice to justify those decisions, global and domestic politics, and a host of other complex variables", she said on Twitter. "The hospitals have no place for you", said Dharmendra Kumar, her son. Meanwhile, 13,449,406 have returned home after treatment.

Rajiv Tiwari, whose oxygen levels began falling after he tested positive for the virus, has the opposite problem: He identified an open bed, but the 30-something resident of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh can't get to it.

The bench added that the central government should consider ways and means of transporting oxygen from plants by either creating a dedicated corridor - so that the supply lines are not affected - or airlifting the same.

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