Maharashtra and New Delhi on Sunday reported the highest single day spike in Covid cases yet again, by recording 68,631 and 25,462 infections respectively while Uttar Pradesh added 30,596 cases –– highest till date –– to its tally which has now become 8,51,620. The state also registered the highest fatality count in a day with 129 patients succumbing to the infection today.
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Drawing attention to the worsening Covid-19 situation of national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for beds and oxygen cylinders for patients. Kejriwal requested Modi that 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in Delhi’s Central government hospitals be reserved for Covid patients.
In order to meet the oxygen demand across the country, the Railways will run ‘Oxygen Express’ to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders to different places, the national transporter said Sunday. Empty tankers will start their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and near Mumbai on Monday to load liquid medical oxygen at Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro, officials said.
The Union Health Ministry Sunday said that the daily positivity rate of Covid-19 in India has doubled from 8 per cent to 16.69 per cent in last 12 days.
On the vaccination front, the Health Ministry said India took only 92 days to reach the mark of 12-crore vaccinations, the fastest country to do so. It is followed by the US which took 97 days and China which took 108 days. The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 12 crore as part of the world’s largest vaccination drive, it said. Cumulatively, 12,26,22,590 vaccine doses have been administered through 18,15,325 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am.
India reported 2,61,500 new Covid-19 cases and 1,501 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total cases in the country now stand at 1,47,88,109. There are now 18,01,316 active cases while 1,28,09,643 people have recovered from the disease. The overall death toll has reached 1,77,150. As many as 12,26,22,590 people have been vaccinated so far.