Wednesday 5/12/21
PANDEMIC

India hits new record as Covid deaths top 3,000 for fourth day in row

International aid is arriving from the United States, Germany and other countries which have promised support.
01 May 2021, India, New Delhi: A Covid-19 patient who is suffering from breathing difficulty breaths with the help of an oxygen mask outside a Gurudwara in New Delhi. India hit record numbers of Covid-19 infections for the sixth straight day as health system buckled amid shortage of medical oxygen and hospital beds. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
A Covid-19 patient breaths with the help of an oxygen mask outside a Gurudwara in New Delhi. Photo: Naveen Sharma/dpa.
India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic yet with 3,689 deaths reported in the last 24 hours as the caseload surged to 19.5 million with 392,488 fresh infections, government data showed Sunday.

This is the fourth straight day India has recorded over 3,000 deaths as the second wave of the pandemic carries on unabated and keeps setting grim new records. Altogether 215,542 people have died from Covid-19.

India became the first country to cross 400,000 daily cases on Saturday.

Health care systems are overwhelmed and a shortage of medical oxygen has emerged as the most serious challenge.

Thirty-four patients died for alleged want of oxygen in hospitals in the national capital New Delhi and the states of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana on Saturday, the Times of India reported.

Thirty-one more with Covid-19-like symptoms and “breathing difficulties” died in a hospital Uttar Pradesh state, the report cited authorities as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Sunday to review the measures being taken to tackle the unprecedented surge.

HANDOUT - 01 May 2021, India, New Delhi: Relief material from Germany is unloaded from the A350 aircraft of the BMVG air force at the airport and is taken over by the Red Cross. An air force plane has brought relief material from Germany to India, which is currently badly hit by the Corona pandemic. Photo: Thorsten Weber/Bundeswehr/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung im Zusammenhang mit der aktuellen Berichterstattung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits

Relief material from Germany is unloaded an aircraft of the air force. Photo: Thorsten Weber/Bundeswehr/dpa.

Vaccination

India opened a new round of its vaccinations on Saturday, extending coverage for all those above 18 years, but only a handful of states were able to deliver the jabs owing to a shortage of vaccines.

Only 86,000 newly eligible people took the shot, the government said.

International aid is arriving from the United States, Germany and other countries which have promised support to India as its health care system is pushed to the brink and beyond.

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