India's COVID-19 second wave rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis

Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

A White House statement said, "deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases", and affirmed America's solidarity with India.

Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 28,13,658 comprising 16.25 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 82.62 per cent.

As per the union health ministry data, five states of the country, namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala, contribute 54 percent of the cases. The country recorded a single day rise of 3,32,730 new cases, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of cured/discharged/migrated patients increased by 2,19,272 to 143,04,382; 2,812 new deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 1,95,123, as per the official data.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. So far, a total of 27,61,99,222 samples have been tested in the country. A net incline of 1,24,324 cases was recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours. In the last 24 hours, 2,19,838 recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,38,67,997.

COVID patients die in India due to lack of O2
Most of India's oxygen production capacity is centred around industries, many of which are concentrated in India's eastern states. When the news anchor asked Bankata what happens when a hospital issues an SOS call as his had done, Bankata replied: "Nothing".

Amidst the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, India reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

The sudden surge in recent weeks, with a newer variant possibly playing a role, is casting increasing doubt on India's official COVID-19 death toll of almost 200,000, with more than 2,000 people dying every day.

"These include 92,68,027 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 59,51,076 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,18,51,655 FLWs (1st dose), 61,94,851 FLWs (2nd dose), 4,91,45,265 1st dose beneficiaries and 71,65,338 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 4,66,71,540 (1st dose) and 21,32,080 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years", it added.

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