New Delhi, April 24 (India Today) – The coronavirus situation in India remains grim as the country continues to witness a deadly surge in its Covid-19 cases. India on Saturday registered over 346,786 fresh Covid-19 cases — the highest single-day spike — pushing the Covid-19 caseload in the country to 16.6 million, with five states contributing the most to it.
India saw a rise of 346,786 new cases and 2,624 deaths in the past 24 hours. With fresh fatalities, India’s death toll has climbed to 189,544. The maximum number of deaths due to the Covid-19 infection was reported in Maharashtra (773), followed by Delhi with 348 daily deaths.
There are 2,552,940 active Covid-19 cases in the country and in the past 24 hours, 219,838 recovered from the virus infection.
The top five states that have contributed the most to the daily Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours are Maharashtra with 66,836 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 36,605 cases, Kerala with 28,447 cases, Karnataka with 26,962 cases and Delhi with 24,331 cases.
Top 5 Covid-19 cases contributors are Maharashtra with 66,836 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 36,605 cases, Kerala with 28,447 cases, Karnataka with 26,962 cases and Delhi with 24,331 cases.
These five states added 52.82 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases, with Maharashtra alone responsible for 19.27 per cent of the new cases.
DELHI HOSPITALS SEND OXYGEN SOS
Delhi’s Batra Hospital, which is treating more than 300 Covid-19 patients, has sent an oxygen SOS this morning seeking immediate help, revealing the crisis India is reeling under amid the deadly surge in coronavirus cases.
As Batra Hospital MD Dr SCL Gupta appealed to the authorities for an urgent supply of oxygen, one tank was sent to the hospital to treat the patients.
Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi, too, sent an SOS for an immediate supply of oxygen, saying the hospital was left with only 45 minutes of oxygen.
Meanwhile, Saroj Hospital in Delhi has stopped admitting Covid-19 patients due to the shortage of oxygen. In a statement, Covid in-charge of the hospital said, “We are closing the admissions because of an oxygen shortage. We are discharging the patients.”