India records 4,329 COVID fatalities in a day
Published: 12:23 PM, 18 May 2021
4,329 people succumbed to the Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, by far the highest death toll from the pandemic in India, climbing the death toll to 208,619. Besides, 283,553 people have been infected with the virus, bringing the overall caseload to 2,52,28,996, said the country’s Union Ministry of Health in official data on Tuesday.
Outbreaks appear to be lessened in Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Kerala. However, the pandemic situation in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is still rampant. In West Bengal, 19,003 people have been infected with the virus in the last 24 hours.
Despite the Covid-19 vaccine program u underway across India, the healthcare sector has collapsed. Hospitals are struggling to handle patients. There was also a crisis of oxygen and essential medicines. Many patients have already died in hospitals due to oxygen shortage.
Meanwhile, lockdowns have been imposed in various states of the country to prevent COVID infection.
Experts are now fearing a “third wave of Covid-19” in India. They say the third wave “cannot be stopped”, but the vaccine needs to be improved.
The first Covid-19 was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Then it spread all over the world.