Over 300,000 cases in the last 24 hours, while deaths associated with COVID-19 also increase by a record 2,104 deaths.
India has reported more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest daily total worldwide, while COVID-19 deaths have also risen by a record.
India’s daily jump of 314,835 cases exceeds the world’s one-day increase of 297,430 in the United States in January.
The total number of cases in India is now 15.93 million, the second largest in the world, while deaths have risen by 2,104 to 184,657, according to the Ministry of Health.
A second brutal wave of coronavirus infections, blamed on a “double mutant” variant and “super-spreading” mass rallies, has spread its much-underfunded health system to the world’s second-largest nation at a breaking point.
At least 24 patients with COVID-19 died on Wednesday in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, when their fans’ oxygen supply was depleted amid a nationwide shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and medicines such as antiviral drugs, remdesivir. .
Health experts say India dropped its guard when the virus appeared to be under control during the winter, allowing large gatherings such as weddings and festivals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is facing criticism for addressing crowded political rallies for local elections and allowing a Hindu festival to move forward, where millions have gathered.
Modi said in a speech to the nation on Tuesday night that “every effort is being made” to increase the supply of medical oxygen.