India sets ‘new record’ of daily COVID deaths, infections
Published: 01:37 PM, 23 April 2021
India has set new records in terms of Covid-19 infections and deaths. The number of deaths and infections in the various states of the country cannot be controlled, increasing the tally rapidly.
The Union Health Ministry said on Friday morning that more than 332,000 people had been newly infected in the country in the past 24 hours – which is by far the “highest daily infection” in any country in the world. Besides, 2,263 people died from the virus during the period – making the highest death tolls in 24 hours in the last few days.
Meanwhile, some of the country’s top hospitals have experienced an oxygen crisis. The situation in Delhi in particular is dire. At least six hospitals there said the oxygen shortage had intensified.
For the second day in a row, more than three lakh new infections have been detected in India. India ranks second after the United States in terms of coronavirus infections. However, if the tally in India continues to increase day by day, it may surpass the United States at some point.
Maharashtra has so far been the worst hit by the Covid-19 in India. In the last 24 hours, 67,013 people have been newly infected in the state. As a result, the number of cases in the state so far is more than 40.94 lakh.
Maharashtra is followed by Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The number of cases in Kerala in the last 24 hours is 26,995 and more than 25,000 in Karnataka. In the last 24 hours, more than 26,000 people have been infected and 306 have died in Delhi. In the last 24 hours, 25 patients have died due to oxygen shortage at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.
Meanwhile, a fire at a hospital in Maharashtra on Thursday night killed at least 13 Covid-19 patients. The accident took place at a hospital in Virar, 60 km from Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra. The deceased were all undergoing treatment in the ICUs. A day earlier, an oxygen tanker leaked outside a hospital in Maharashtra on Wednesday night, killing 24 Covid-19 patients due to lack of oxygen.