Indian capital running out of medical oxygen as pandemic surges

Alonzo Simpson
April 21, 2021

Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala cumulatively account for 62.07 per cent of India's total active cases.

The daily positivity rate continues to show an upward trend and now stands at 15.99 per cent.

The pandemic cases continued to increase in Uttar Pradesh, where 29,754 fresh infections were recorded, close to Sunday's record tally of 30,596. With 1,761 deaths, the toll rose to 1,80,530.

On Tuesday, the health ministry reported 259,170 new infections, a sixth day over 200,000 and getting closer to the peak of almost 300,000 seen in the United States in January.

More than 1,600 people in India died from the virus from Sunday into Monday-while new case numbers there have been higher than 200,000 a day for almost a week.

The daily COVID-19 positivity rate (7 day moving average) continues to show an upward trend and now stands at 15.99 per cent, it said.

India, the world's second most populous country, is reporting the world's highest number of new daily cases and approaching a peak of about 297,000 cases in one day that the United States hit in January.

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The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,32,76,039, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.17 per cent, the data stated.

On Tuesday, the city of 20 million recorded 28,395 new cases and 277 deaths, its highest since the pandemic began.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and now stands at 1.18 per cent, the ministry said.

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. These include 91,70,717 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 57,67,657 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,14,32,732 FLWs (1stdose), 56,86,608 FLWs (2nddose), 4,66,82,9631st dose beneficiaries and 47,04,601 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 4,23,72,769 (1st dose) and 13,11,066 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.

Every third person tested for coronavirus was found positive, the state government said.

Delhi's government hospitals reported they only had enough oxygen to last another eight to 24 hours while some private ones had enough for just four or five hours.

These states are Ladakh (UT), D&D & D&N, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Nagaland, A&N Islands and Arunachal Pradesh.

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