Coronavirus LIVE: India sees 295,041 new cases; SII fixes vaccine price


Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus live updates: India reported its biggest-ever spike of almost 300,000 fresh coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Wednesday, according to MoHFW. With this, India’s Covid tally has scaled to 15,616,130 cases. India also registered the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 2,023 fatalities. The death toll from the lethal infection stands at 182,570. The country now has over 2.1 million active cases.

The upward thrust in case numbers has been exponential in the second one wave. Badly-affected cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kolkata, Allahabad and Surat have nearly run out of hospital beds. The situation is a lot more dire in terms of ICU beds. Several cities have only some dozen ICU beds left and they’re now frantically trying to build additional capacity in hotels and stadiums. More than one government hospitals in Delhi on Tuesday said their oxygen inventory would final only for only few hours and “people will die” whether they don’t get oxygen. A list shared by the government showed that in some hospitals, oxygen will final only for four to five hours. With 277 new deaths in final 24 hours, Delhi’s death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 12,638. The national capital recorded 28,395 new Covid-19 cases in highest single-day spike. 

Meantime, according to media reports, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to take a call on lockdown in Maharashtra and would announce his decision on Wednesday. THe state recorded 62,097 new cases and 519 deaths in the final 24 hours. 

The five most affected states by complete cases are Maharashtra (3,960,359), Kerala (1,197,301), Karnataka (1,109,650), Tamil Nadu (962,935), and Andhra Pradesh (942,135). 

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 143,518,120 infected by the lethal contagion. While 122,126,726 have retrieved, 3,056,396 have died so far. The United States remains the worst-hit country with 32,533,924, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. Then again, prior to now seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,628,641, followed by the USA (1,628,641) and Brazil (456,304).

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