New Delhi: A day after India’s Covid single day cases hit the grim four lakh-mark, the country witnesses the deadliest day of the pandemic with 3,689 deaths and 3.92 lakh new cases in last 24 hours, taking the Covid total tally to 1.95 crore this morning.
This is the fourth consecutive day that India has recorded over 3,000 deaths due to Covid. Hospitals are overwhelmed and shortage of medical oxygen and essential medicines have emerged as one of the top challenges. The country’s daily Covid cases passed the 1 lakh-mark for the first time about three weeks ago.
To review the measures being taken amid the unprecedented Covid surge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting this morning. Last month, in an address to the nation, he had said the second Covid wave has hit India “like a storm”.
In April, India recorded 66 lakh fresh cases, much higher than 10.25 lakh cases recorded in March, 3.5 lakh cases recorded in February and 4.79 lakh cases recorded in January.
As per records, over 45,000 people have died in April alone across the country due to Covid as compared to 5,417 deaths in March, 2,777 deaths in February and 5,536 deaths in January.
On Saturday, Delhi witnessed another tragedy due to the shortage of medical oxygen when 12 people, including a doctor, died at Batra Hospital after the facility ran out of medical oxygen – for the second time in the space of a week.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday extended the lockdown in the national capital to check the spread of Covid cases.
Also, on May 1, India launched the third phase of the world’s biggest inoculation drive, extending coverage to 18-44 age group. However, due to insufficient vaccine supply at least 20 states differed from administering the Covid jabs despite of government claims stating “1 crore doses are still available with the states”.
As per official figures, over 84,000 people took the Covid shot on the first day of phase 3rd.