For the first time since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, the daily number of infected people in India has reached more than 3,00,000. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours, more than 314 lac new cases of corona disease have been registered in India, which is the highest daily infection rate in the country. For about six days now, India has been registering more than 260,000 new cases of corona disease in India on a daily basis daily. The single-day spike of COVID-19 in India has led to oxygen shortage in the country.
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“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week at an election campaign in West Bengal as he looked at thousands of masked and vibrant people. I have never seen such a large crowd. The Prime Minister of India did not wear a mask. On the same day, India registered 234,000 new cases and more than 1,400 deaths of the corona.
India is in an unprecedented crisis. Almost one million 900 thousand new cases have been registered in this country in the last week and the total number of corona epidemic in India has exceeded 15 million. In just the last 12 days, Covid’s positive rate has doubled to 17 per cent. Hospitals are overcrowded across India, but this time it is mostly young people who are admitted to hospitals.
Status quo in India amid single-day spike of COVID-19
While the high rate of coronavirus spread in India has been attributed to its mutant form, the Indian government has been criticized by various political groups for failing to manage the corona. Even the behaviour of Indian health officials over the past few months has led many to mistakenly believe that the country has defeated Corona.
In Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah, both leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party, refused to cancel their campaigns until this week. In this state, three candidates have lost their lives due to single-day spike of Covid-19. Last week, the hashtag “Modi created a disaster” became a Twitter trend in India.
Lack of medical facilities
Doctors at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 can no longer bear to see patients who go to the hospital but stay in ambulances for a few days or die due to lack of beds and oxygen. Dr Amit Tadani, director of the Niramaya Hospital in Mumbai, said: “I warned of a second deadly corona wave in India last month, but no one heeded it. Now the capacity of our hospital is completely full and If the bed is empty, another patient will fill it in a few minutes. The hospital ran out of oxygen ten days ago, but other sources of oxygen came to the hospital on time. Nyramaya Hospital only treats coronary patients.”
A local official, Suraj Mandere, told NDTV: “According to current information, 22 people have been killed due to a power outage at Zakir Hussein Municipal Hospital. A leak in the oxygen tank supplying oxygen to these patients caused the incident. ”
COVID-19 cases update in India
India is currently battling a massive outbreak of the coronavirus, reporting more than 200,000 cases a day for seven consecutive days. As of Wednesday, the country had registered more than 15.6 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Hospitals also report severe hypoxia.
The Hindustan Times wrote: India has traditionally been one of the world’s largest exporters of oxygen.
India has always produced more oxygen than it needs. In this country, most of the oxygen produced by the industries was used, but during the corona and during the second wave of the disease, the medical need for oxygen increased more than seven times. The country is currently facing a shortage of oxygen cylinders and tankers this has made it difficult to transport oxygen to hospitals.