India reports world record for new 314K coronavirus cases

New Delhi (AP) — India has more and more sick people on Thursday in a fragile healthcare system with very low beds and oxygen due to a severe coronavirus surge in the world’s second most populous country Reported a world record of over 314,000 new infections.

The 314,835 infectious diseases added in the last 24 hours have increased India’s past 15.9 million cases since the outbreak of the pandemic. This is the second highest total in the world after the United States. India has a population of about 1.4 billion.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths has increased by 2,104 in the last 24 hours, and the number of deaths in India as a whole has increased to 184,657.

Many hospitals have reported serious shortages of beds and medications, running at dangerously low levels of oxygen.

On Wednesday, the New Delhi High Court ordered the government to divert oxygen from industrial to hospitals to save people’s lives. “We can’t kill people because we don’t have oxygen. Ask, borrow, steal, it’s a state of emergency,” the judge said in response to a petition from a New Delhi hospital seeking intervention.

The government is rushing oxygen tankers to replenish the supply to hospitals.

India’s Health Minister Hirsch Valdan said Thursday that “supply and demand are being monitored 24 hours a day.” He said in a tweet that the government increased oxygen quotas in the seven worst-hit states to cope with the surge in demand.

Blockades and strict curbs have caused pain, fear and distress to many in New Delhi and other cities.

In a familiar scene across the country, ambulances can be seen rushing from one hospital to another in an attempt to find an empty bed. Outside the crematorium, where the corpses have jumped several times, sad relatives line up.

“I get calls from patients who crave for beds many times each day. Demand far exceeds supply,” said Dr. Sanjay Gururaj, a doctor at Bangalore-based Shanti Hospital and Research Center. Says.

“I try to find a patient’s bed every day, but it’s very frustrating to be unable to help the patient. Last week, my three patients died at home because they couldn’t get a bed. As a doctor, it feels terrible, “Gurradi said.

Earlier this week, Yogash Dixit, a resident of northern Uttar Pradesh, offered two oxygen cylinders for his sick father at a state-owned hospital in Lucknow for Rs 12,000 ($ 160), more than double the usual amount. He said he had to buy. There was a shortage of supplies.

He said he had bought two “because doctors can request another oxygen cylinder at any time,” he added, adding that he had to sell his wife’s jewelry to cover the cost.

The main crematorium in the state capital, Lucknow, received nearly 200 bodies on Sunday. “The bodies were everywhere and were cremated on the sidewalks for walking. I’ve never had such a corpse in my life,” said Shekar Chakraborti, 68.

In another city in Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur, 35 new temporary platforms were set up in Bithoor-Sidnasgart, which stretches along the Ganges, and cremated the bodies.

The Ministry of Health said that of the gross domestic product of 7,500 metric tons (8,300 US tons) of oxygen per day, 6,600 metric tons (7,275 US tons) are allocated for medical use.

It also states that 75 railroad coaches in the Indian capital have become hospitals, providing an additional 1,200 beds for COVID-19 patients.

According to The Times of India, a record number of 307,581 cases per day was reported in the United States on January 8.


New Delhi Associated Press author Krutika Pathi and Indian Lucknow Banerjee contributed to this report.