With a tremendous increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases, India has set a global record. India reported more than 314,000 new cases today (Thursday), and is dealing with the worst case scenario with scarcity of hospital beds and oxygen.
As per the data of India’s health ministry, “fatalities rose by 2,104 in the past 24 hours, raising India’s overall death toll to 184,657.” The badly hit cities of India, New Delhi and Mumbai, along with other cities have reported shortages of required medicines, hospital beds, and most importantly oxygen.
According to the reports, around 40% of new global cases are coming from India. Not only the number of COVID positive cases have enormously increased in India, but the severity has also gotten worse. Other than old age people or people with underlying conditions, even the youngsters are not able to bear the virus. In fact, more number of young people are being reported positive for COVID-19, most of which fall in serious condition and require medical intervention.
In addition, the reports say, “as much as 80 per cent of the health machinery is already under use and if the situation aggravates, the department believes that the system would not be able to bear the burden of it.”
The top five states in India that have reported higher number of cases are-
- Maharashtra with 67,468 cases
- Uttar Pradesh with 33,106 cases
- Delhi with 24,638 cases
- Karnataka with 23,558 cases
- Kerala with 22,414 cases
As per the reports, these five states have reported about 54.38% of fresh COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, out of which, 21.43% is solely reported from Maharashtra.
Certainly, India is dealing with a brutal second wave of COVID-19. As per the reports, “With 3,14,835 new cases, the total infections stand at 1,59,30,965. 2,104 deaths pushed the toll to 1,84,657.” According to India’s Union Health Minsitry, 1,78,841 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours.
The deadly second wave does not seem to stop any soon in India, which is putting the country again in a lockdown-like situation. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the citizens to protect themselves and prevent the country from the lockdown. On the other hand, states are also imposing strict restrictions to improve the situation.