Medical oxygen cylinders at a charging station during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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India reported a record number of daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday as the country’s second wave of coronavirus shows no signs of slowing.
According to the government, there were 314,835 new cases and 2,104 deaths in a 24-hour period. That exceeded the word previous highest single day increase in cases held by the United States.
India’s first wave of infections peaked in September after the national lockdown last year between late March and May, which had significant economic consequences.
Cases increased again in February and in the months that followed, large crowds gathered, mostly without a mask, for religious festivals and political gatherings.
So far in April, India reported more than 3.78 million new cases and over 22,000 deaths.
While the reported death toll is rising, some are Media reports suggest that the official number may be registered.
The picture on the floor is bleak. Even if officials insist that the situation is under control, the hospitals are overwhelmed. Reject patient due to lack of beds – even in the case of seriously ill people. In some cases, Unrelated patients are forced to share bedsAccording to media reports.
Health facilities are also low on oxygen and the The government is reportedly instead diverting oxygen to medical facilities for industrial use.
Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet that the federal government is monitoring the supply and demand for oxygen and increasing the quota for several states and regions, including Maharashtra, the epicenter of the country’s second wave.
There is also growing concern about the double mutation of a variant of Covid-19 discovered in India, which could make the virus more contagious.
Most states have tightened social restrictions such as night curfews, and some have partial lockdowns.
India has given more than 132 million doses of vaccine to date as concerns about supply shortages mount. The number of people who have completed their vaccination is still small compared to the country’s 1.3 billion people. From May 1st, anyone over the age of 18 can be vaccinated.
The government recently approved around $ 610 million According to media reports, Covid-19 and Bharat Biotech’s Serum Institute of India is set to increase production capacity in order to increase production capacity.
The Serum Institute, the world’s largest vaccine maker by volume, said in a statement this week that it will ramp up vaccine production over the next two months. 50% of the capacity would be used for the government’s vaccination program, the rest for state governments and private hospitals.
The Serum Institute makes AstraZeneca’s vaccine, known locally as Covishield.