Covid-19: India Records World’s Highest Single-Day Cases amid Second Wave
India marked a new milestone in the coronavirus pandemic after they recorded 314,835 positive cases in a day, therefore, becoming the world’s highest one-day tally amid the second wave.
India recorded the highest one-day tally in the world as its second wave and similar surges elsewhere raised concerns about the ability of the health officers to cope.
Hospitals across India in the Western, Northern, and the capital New Delhi have issued notices saying they have only a few hours of medical oxygen required to keep the coronavirus patients alive.
A report by Reuters indicated that more than two-thirds of hospitals in India had no vacant beds therefore the health officials are advising patients to stay at home.
The situation is very critical, “Patients are struggling to get beds in COVID-19 hospitals. There is an especially acute shortage of oxygen,” said Dr. Kirit Gadhvi president of the Medical Association.
India now has a total of 15.93 Million cases, while deaths rose by 2,104 to reach a total of 184,657.
“We never thought a second wave would hit us so hard,” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the executive chairman of Biocon & Biocon Biologics, an Indian healthcare firm, wrote in the Economic Times.
The country has launched the vaccination exercise but only a small fraction of its population has had the shots.
According to health experts, India had let its guard down when the coronavirus seemed to be under control during the winter where they were recording about 10,000 cases a day.