(CNN) – There were 346,786 new Govt-19 cases reported in India this Saturday, the third day in a row. International spread of corona virus, According to government and scientific data.
The death toll in the previous 24 hours had reached 2,624, a daily record in India, with a total of 189,544 deaths.
Rising Govt-19 infections affect Indian communities and hospitals. Everything is lacking: Beds in intensive care units, medications, oxygen and ventilators. Bodies piled up in corpses and cremated.
Dr DK Baluja, medical director of the Golden Hospital in Jaipur, said the oxygen supply was delayed by seven hours and 20 patients died at the Delhi hospital on Friday night.
It happened last night. Everything we had was sold out. Oxygen was not delivered in a timely manner. It was supposed to arrive at 5pm, but it arrived at midnight. Sick and ill patients need oxygen, “said Fallujah.
Currently, the hospital is struggling to get more oxygen, but the new supply was not available until Saturday morning. “Now we only have 15-20 minutes of oxygen. It may take hours to get another tank, “Falluja told CNN.
Hospitals in Delhi have been facing severe oxygen shortages as the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has risen in the past two weeks.
On Saturday morning, Moolchand Hospital tweeted an urgent message asking the Delhi government for oxygen. “Emergency help. SOS. We have less than 2 hours of oxygen supply @Mololchand_Hosp. We crave […] We have more than 135 COVID patients, many of whom have life support, ”the tweet said.
According to the Govt-19 health bulletin released by the Delhi government, 24,331 new cases were reported in Delhi on Friday, including 348 deaths.
CNN figures from the Indian Ministry of Health show that more than 16.6 million cases have been reported worldwide since the outbreak.
The new number of infections on Saturday represents the highest number of recorded cases in a single day anywhere in the world. CNN figures from Johns Hopkins University report that 300,310 cases were reported in the United States on January 2, the highest in the world in a single day, ahead of India’s three-day record epidemic.
India’s population is about four times larger than the United States, and its daily incidence is lower than the United States (in cases per million people) when adjusted for population size.
“We are putting into practice the worst phase of the epidemic here,” Chandrika Bahadur, chairperson of the Lancet Commission on Govt-19 India, said on Wednesday.
Hospital fire kills 15 patients
Adding to the tragedy in India, a senior official of the local administration told CNN that at least 15 corona virus patients were killed in a fire at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Virar, north of Mumbai.
“Suddenly, sparks fell from the air conditioner and it caught fire in two minutes,” Dr Dilip Shah of Vijay Wallab Kovil Care Hospital told reporters on Friday.
The fire broke out two days after 24 coronavirus patients were waiting for oxygen at Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik district due to an accidental oxygen leak, senior Nashik district official Suraj Mandare said.
Ministers of state and local bodies, including Maharashtra, have been preparing for action since February, warning of a second wave. On the contrary, there seems to be one Head vacuum Within the central government, and until recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi was largely silent on the situation.
Until Tuesday, Modi had finally stressed the urgency of the situation and presented new measures in a speech to the nation at midnight. “The country is once again waging a huge war against Govt-19,” he said. “A few weeks ago, conditions improved, and then came the second wave.”
But by then, the Indian eruption was already the largest in the world in terms of absolute daily numbers. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 28% of new cases worldwide last week came from India.
Experts and health workers say the public has abandoned their security with a false sense of security after the first wave subsided, which is why the second wave progressed so fast, but this satisfaction was loudly celebrated by government officials like Modi and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, the country’s apparent recovery.
The leaders did little to encourage public meetings, which allowed them to continue a weekly Hindu pilgrimage with millions of participants traveling across several states.
The High Adviser defends the government’s response
Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of India Vijayaragavan told CNN on Friday that no one had predicted the “magnitude of the increase” in events that contributed to “some expectations and some unforeseen factors”.
He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not enough, “said Tariq al-Hashimi, the party’s secretary general.
Vijayaraja, who is also the co-chair of India’s Govt-19 Vaccines Task Force, agreed that the supply of personal protective equipment, ventilators, hospital facilities and vaccine production should be “greatly increased”.
He argued that local control was the way to deal with the situation rather than national imprisonment, adding that “action should be taken to prevent contact with other places from areas with large waves.”
Vijayaragavan said the lack of oxygen had “had a major impact on some cities”, but added that the government would increase production, import and supply of oxygen and would soon begin to see results.
He said India would resume vaccination to other parts of the world if the situation stabilized.
‘Even in this crisis, India is committed to expanding vaccine development. We have a big challenge in increasing it, what we are doing, once our crisis has subsided we will open ourselves up to others, ”he said.
CNN’s Sugam Bokarel, Isha Mitra and Robert North contributed to the report.
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