India sees world’s highest daily cases amid oxygen shortage

India sees world's highest daily cases amid oxygen shortage
Maharashtra accounts for a quarter of India's more than 15 million Covid cases. Source: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
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Daily US Times: India has recorded the highest one-day tally of new coronavirus cases anywhere in the world – and the country’s highest number of deaths over 24 hours.

It has close to 16 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, second only to the US.

The country is in the grip of a second wave of infections, raising more fears about its overwhelmed health care system.

In the major cities in India, crowds have formed outside hospitals, which are filled to capacity. A number of people have died while waiting for oxygen.

Meanwhile, some countries around the world are bringing in stricter rules affecting travel to and from India amid fears over the rising cases.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said the number of flights between the two countries would be cut, while the United Kingdom has added India to a red list, restricting travel and bringing in quarantine in hotel for all arrivals from India from Friday morning.

India is struggling to cope with the soaring numbers of coronavirus infections – it recorded some 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 2,104.

Oxygen supply has been a particular problem in the country, with a number of hospitals in the capital Delhi running out entirely on Thursday, the city’s Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia said.

On Wednesday, Delhi’s highest court publicly criticised the central government for its handling of the oxygen crisis in the city.

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