Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 15.3M with 2.6L new cases

India reports record daily death toll from COVID-19

Health ministry data on Wednesday showed a record 2,023 fatalities and 295,000 new cases in 24 hours, among the world's biggest daily case totals and on a par with numbers seen in the United States during a deadly surge in January.

People pleaded on social media for help arranging beds, oxygen supplies and the anti-viral drug Remdevisir in Delhi and the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, also in the north.

After seeing a slew of record spikes in coronavirus infections, India reported 2.6 lakh new cases on Tuesday.

The positivity rates remained very high at 19 per cent nationally on Tuesday, indicating that the daily tally may cross 3 lakh soon.

New Delhi's Chief Minister told reporters Monday the city has almost run out of intensive care unit beds at hospitals and that oxygen is in short supply.

"The central and state governments as well as the private sector are together trying to ensure oxygen supplies to those in need".

Delhi also witnessed a marginal dip in infections without a drastic decline in the number of tests.

Family members of those deceased due to the coronavirus have to wait for hours to perform the last rites, as crematoriums and burial grounds struggle amid the surge in deaths.

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Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said its oxygen stock would last till 1 am.

According to Jain, Delhi got 240 metric tonnes of oxygen on Monday and 365 MT on Tuesday against the requirement of 700 MT per day. Most of the Delhi hospitals have oxygen left for only 8 to 12 hours.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and now stands at 1.18%. "We are trying to increase oxygen production and supply across the country", Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday evening.

Twenty states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.

Meanwhile, the government said on Monday that everyone above the age of eighteen in India will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations from 1 May.

India recorded more than 2,000 COVID deaths on Wednesday and nearly 300,000 new cases, among the world's biggest daily totals since the pandemic began, official data showed.

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