India’s daily coronavirus tally saw a new high on Thursday with 3,79,257 new Covid-19 cases and 3645 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s Covid-19 caseload now stands at 1,83,76,524. As many as 2,69,507 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.
A total of 1,50,86,878 recoveries have been reported so far. The total death toll stands at 2,04,832 with 30,84,814 active cases. A total of 15,00,20,648 people have been vaccinated so far.
India has been recording over three lakh cases every day for over a week now. More than 2 lakh cases are being recorded since April 15. The rise in daily cases has overwhelmed the hospitals. The shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen and crucial antiviral drugs has added to the crisis.
With a rapid increase in the infection numbers, the active cases have increased to 30,84,814 comprising 16.79 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 82.10 per cent. The case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.11 per cent, the data stated.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 28,44,71,979 samples tested up to 28th April 2021, for Covid-19. Of these, 17,68,190 samples were tested yesterday.
As the government widens the vaccination drive against covid-19, all adults can get vaccine shots from Saturday. On Wednesday, over 1.3 crore people applied for vaccination on CoWIN, the government's registration website; a few glitches were reported initially.
Meanwhile, Two flights from Russia, carrying 20 oxygen concentrators, 75 ventilators, 150 bedside monitors, and medicines totalling 22 MT, arrived at Delhi airport Thursday morning. Other countries like China, the US, UK are also sending help to India to fight the war against this new surge.
In a tweet, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III, said, "We're committed to use every resource at our disposal, within our authority, to support India's frontline healthcare workers."
On Wednesday, Karnataka and Bengal recorded the biggest surge in Covid cases since the start of the pandemic. More than 39,000 cases were reported by Karnataka while Bengal saw a record single-day surge of 17,207 cases. Maharashtra, which is the worst-hit state in the country, reported a record 985 Covid deaths. The state also reported 63,309 new cases - a five per cent drop from yesterday - to take its active caseload to over 6.73 lakh.
Kerala recorded over 35,000 new Covid cases while Uttar Pradesh recorded over 29,000 cases and Delhi in the second consecutive week reported 25,986 cases, even after remaining under curfew.
WHO said that the 'B.1.617' strain of coronavirus or the double mutant first detected in India has been found in at least 17 countries, adding that studies have highlighted that the spread of the second wave has been much faster than the first in India.