The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of cases across the country surged by a record daily rise of 349,691 today, for a total of 16.96 million cases, including 192,311 deaths, the health ministry said.
Most hospitals in India are not equipped with independent plants that generate oxygen directly for patients, primarily because they require an uninterrupted power supply, which is a rarity in many states.
The Delhi Police on Saturday created a green corridor and helped Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in the eastern part of the national capital to get an oxygen tanker, officials said. - AP A Covid-19 patient sits inside a vehicle and breathes with the help of oxygen provided by a Gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, in New Delhi on April 24.
Hearing a petition on oxygen supply, the Delhi High Court on Saturday observed that it will "hang" whoever obstructs movement of oxygen. There is a shortage of life-saving medicines and hospital beds too. "Delhi officials have to do their job", the centre said.
Delhi, now the worst-hit city, has been reporting over 20,000 daily Covid cases for the last few days.
Washington is under increasing pressure to do more to help India, the world's largest democracy and a strategic ally in President Joe Biden's efforts to counter China, as it grapples with a record-setting surge in coronavirus infections. "Thereafter, a team with two vehicles of the hospital carrying 40 empty oxygen cylinders was sent to Bawana refilling centre", Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Anto Alphonse said.
The fresh cases have taken the total number of infections in India, since the pandemic began, to over 1.66 crore.
"We know how people react, let's not have a law and order situation", the court said in its direction to the authorities. But health experts said India had an entire year to prepare for the inevitable - and failed to do so. Authorities lifted restrictions, allowing for the resumption of big gatherings.
"While complacency in adhering to masks and physical distancing might have played a role, it seems increasingly likely that this second wave has been fuelled by a much more virulent strain", wrote Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, in the Indian Express. It has opened up the immunisation programme to all adults but faces a shortage. It has also approved Russia's Sputnik V and has urged Pfizer Moderna and Johnson and Johnson to provide it with vaccines.
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