COVID-19 Updates: India reports over 3 lakh new cases amid oxygen crisis

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A view of a crematorium ground showing funeral pyres during a mass cremation of victims, who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 22, 2021. India reported over 3.14 lakh new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the highest-ever daily count recorded anywhere. 2,104 have succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry.  (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A view of a crematorium ground showing funeral pyres during a mass cremation of victims, who died due to the coronavirus disease in New Delhi on April 22, 2021. (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

India added a record over 3.32 lakh new coronavirus cases in a single day taking the country's tally to 1,62,63,695. The death toll increased to 1,86,920 with a record 2,263 new fatalities. As India continued to record a huge number of new infections, hospitals in the national capital and other major cities complained of 'dangerously low' levels of oxygen that is needed for critically ill patients. The situation has been made worse by states that house oxygen manufacturing units restricting inter-state supplies.

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Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 75.01 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

India added a record 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to 1,62,63,695.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 67,013. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 34,254 fresh infections, while Kerala reported 26,995 new cases, the ministry said.

Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala — cumulatively account for 59.12 per cent of India's total active cases.

Delhi and 11 states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal — are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases, the ministry said.

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