New Delhi imposing new lockdown

New Delhi imposing new lockdown

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India faced a coronavirus "storm" overwhelming its health system and the government was working with state governments and private companies to deliver oxygen with "speed and sensitivity".

The daily active cases tally rose to 20, 31,977. 1,82,553 deaths have been recorded so far. "We are trying to increase oxygen production and supply across the country", Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday evening.

That's about three times the new case numbers of the United States. More than 500 corona patients on oxygen. Along with the lockdown-like restrictions that are already in place in the state, more restrictions are likely to come into force. After Maharashtra, southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are worst-hit by the virus.

The daily positivity rate (7 day moving average) continues to show an upward trend, now stands at 15.99%.

On the other hand, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also said the Centre should be "sensitive and active" in handling the situation so that there is no clamour among states over its supply amid fear of oxygen shortage for coronavirus patients.

India's health ministry reported 295,041 new cases on Wednesday with 2,023 deaths, taking total fatalities to 182,553.

Oxygen supplies in Indian hospitals were running perilously low Wednesday as daily Covid-19 deaths surged past 2,000 for the first time in one of the world's most brutal ongoing coronavirus waves.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi compared the central government's vaccine strategy with demonetisation, which according to him, helped industrialists flourish and made common people suffer.

New Delhi joined 13 other Indian states that have made a decision to impose restrictions, curfews, or lockdowns in their cities, including the richest state of Maharashtra and Modi's home state of Gujarat, where the industrial city of Ahmedabad is also grappling with a shortage of beds.

On Monday, the city recorded 240 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest since the pandemic began over a year ago, and 23,686 cases with a positivity rate of 26.12 per cent.

No new cases were registered in the Nenets Autonomous Region and the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

Meanwhile, with a third of the month still to go, April has already seen almost 34 lakh (3.4 million) COVID-19 cases in India, the highest for any full month.

As per the Delhi government's report on April 20, a total of 86,526 samples were tested (56,724 RT-PCR and 29,802 Rapid Antigen) in the last 24 hours, of which 28,395 tests were found Covid positive.

Over 32 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

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