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In Highest-Ever Daily Rise, India Records 2.34 Lakh Covid Cases With 1,341 Deaths

With 1,341 deaths being reported due to the Coronavirus, India saw the deadliest day of pandemic this year. 

India recorded 2,34,692 fresh infections of Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the highest surge in the daily cases of the disease, taking the total number of cases to 1.45 crore. For third straight day, the country recorded over 2 lakh cases. With 1,341 deaths being reported due to the Coronavirus, India saw the deadliest day of pandemic this year.

To discuss the Covid-19 situation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will today hold a meet with health ministers of 11 states. The meeting will begin at 11:30 AM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took to Twitter to inform that he had a phone conversation with Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhada and told him that the ongoing Kumbh Mela should be kept “symbolic” now as the ongoing Covid Crisis has worsened.

In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra and Delhi saw the highest surge in the infections. Maharashtra recorded 63,729 new cases of Covid-19, taking its caseload to past the 37-lakh mark now. Delhi, surpassing Mumbai to become the ‘worst-hit city’, recorded 19,486 cases in the last 24 hours.

In the wake of sweeping second wave of pandemic, as hospitals struggle to accomodate beds and oxygen supply to the patients and crematoriums see people waiting for hours with the deceased for last rites, authorities have been scrambling to break the chain of transmission.

The worrying surge in the infections is being reported at a time when several states have complained of vaccine shortage. As per health ministry, over 12 crore doses of vaccines have been administered so far. Yesterday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stressing that “vaccine stocks have completely run out”.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting to discuss the efforts being made by the government to import medical grade oxygen to bridge the demand-supply gap.

Third emergency order within 24 hours was issued by the government on Friday evening to ensure the uninterrupted supply of cylinders across state borders, and to allow manufacturers and suppliers to serve hospitals across India. Earlier this month, the government had insisted there’s no shortage of medical oxygen.

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