Covid-19 updates: India surpasses global record of daily COVID cases

Covid-19 updates: India surpasses global record of daily COVID cases
Relatives wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) attend the funeral of a man, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in New Delhi, India April 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India has reported almost 315,000 new COVID infections on Thursday. It has surpassed the record for infections in a single day previously set by the US in January. Munia Iffat reports.

We bring you the latest updates:

  • India’s Health ministry data on Thursday showed 314,835 new infections in the past 24 hours, the most of any country since the pandemic began, taking total cases to 15.9 million, the world’s second-highest.  
  • The country has now added more than 200,000 cases every day since 15 April. There were 2,074 fatalities, bringing the total death toll to almost 185,000.
  • New Delhi’s hospitals warned that patients could die without fresh oxygen supplies. Nearly 500 tons of oxygen was supplied to Delhi on Wednesday but this fell short of the required 700 tons per day.
  • Late Wednesday the Delhi High Court ordered the government to ensure the safe passage of oxygen supplies from factories to hospitals across India.
  • The country’s long-underfunded healthcare system is being stretched to the limit by a devastating second wave of the pandemic blamed on a ‘double mutant’ variant and ‘super-spreaders mass gatherings.
  • Amid the explosion of coronavirus infections in India, election rallies and voting continued in West Bengal state.

For allowing the voting amidst a pandemic and also for urging Hindu devotees to continue attending the Kumbh festival: the largest human pilgrimage anywhere in the world, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism.