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World India sets Covid-19 infection record for fourth straight day with hospitals desperate for oxygen

11:15  25 april  2021
11:15  25 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

A fire broke out at a hospital in India, killing 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU

  A fire broke out at a hospital in India, killing 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU The fire started early Friday morning after an air-conditioning unit short-circuited and exploded in the ICU of Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Maharashtra.The fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. at the Vijay Vallabh Hospital in the Maharashtra province after an air-conditioning unit short-circuited and exploded in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to The Times of India. Around 90 patients were inside the hospital at the time and 18 were in the ICU, which occupies the second floor of the four-story hospital, officials told The Times.

(CNN) India reported 349,691 new cases of Covid - 19 on Saturday, the fourth day in a row the country has set a world record for daily infections during the coronavirus pandemic , according to government and scientific tallies. The country also reported its highest daily death toll for the ninth consecutive The sky-rocketing Covid - 19 infections are devastating India 's communities and hospitals . Everything is in short supply -- intensive care unit beds, medicine, oxygen and ventilators. Bodies are piling up in morgues and crematoriums, and authorities have been forced to hold mass cremations at makeshift

NEW DELHI – India put oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi begged on social media on Friday for more supplies to save COVID - 19 patients who are struggling to breathe. More than a dozen people died when an oxygen -fed fire ripped through a coronavirus ward in a populous western state. India ’s underfunded health system is tattering as the world’s worst coronavirus surge wears out the nation, which set a global record in daily infections for a second straight day with 332,730. India has confirmed 16 million cases so far, second only to the United

India reported 349,691 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the fourth day in a row the country has set a world record for daily infections during the coronavirus pandemic, according to government and scientific tallies.

a group of people sitting on a bench in a park: Health workers wearing personal protective equipment carry bodies of people who were suffering from Covid-19 outside the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, in New Delhi, India, on April 24. © Adnan Abidi/Reuters Health workers wearing personal protective equipment carry bodies of people who were suffering from Covid-19 outside the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, in New Delhi, India, on April 24.

The country also reported its highest daily death toll for the ninth consecutive day, adding 2,767 fatalities in the past 24 hours.

The country of 1.3 billion people has logged over a million new cases in the past three days, bringing its pandemic totals up to 16.9 million recorded cases of the coronavirus, including 192,311 deaths.

SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India's health system

  SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India's health system NEW DELHI (AP) — Dr. Gautam Singh dreads the daily advent of the ventilator beeps, signaling that oxygen levels are critically low, and hearing his critically ill patients start gasping for air in the New Delhi emergency ward where he works. Like other doctors across the country, which on Monday set another record for new coronavirus infections for a fifth day in a row at more than 350,000, the cardiologist has taken to begging and borrowing cylinders of oxygen just to keep his most critical patients alive for one more day.

India 's healthcare system is buckling as a record surge in Covid - 19 cases puts pressure on hospital beds and drains oxygen supplies. Families are left pleading for their relatives who are desperately ill, with some patients left untreated for hours. Crematoriums are organising mass funeral pyres. On Friday India reported 332,730 new cases of coronavirus, setting a world record for a second day running.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India put oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi on Friday begged on social media for more supplies to save COVID - 19 patients who are struggling to breathe. More than a dozen people died when an oxygen -fed fire ripped through a coronavirus ward in a populous western state. India ’s underfunded health system is tattering as the world’s worst coronavirus surge wears out the nation, which set another global record in daily infections for a second straight day with 332,730. India has confirmed 16 million cases so far

The sky-rocketing Covid-19 infections are devastating India's communities and hospitals. Everything is in short supply -- intensive care unit beds, medicine, oxygen and ventilators. Bodies are piling up in morgues and crematoriums, and authorities have been forced to hold mass cremations at makeshift sites.

people walking on a city street: A deserted view outside the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, as the shrine is closed for pilgrims, following the rise of Covid-19 cases across the country, in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on 24 April. © Himanshu Sharma/NurPhoto/Getty Images A deserted view outside the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, as the shrine is closed for pilgrims, following the rise of Covid-19 cases across the country, in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on 24 April.

Just six weeks ago, India's Health Minister declared the country was "in the endgame" of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But Sunday's numbers, which represent the highest caseload recorded in a single day anywhere in the world, according to a CNN tally of figures from John Hopkins University, tell a different story.

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  How Countries Around the World Are Helping India Fight COVID-19—and How You Can Too How Countries Around the World Are Helping India Fight COVID-19—and How You Can TooThe country recorded 352,991 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, breaking the record once again for the most cases recorded in a single day anywhere in the world since the beginning of the pandemic.

NEW DELHI — Indian hospitals and government leaders scrambled for supplies of oxygen and other emergency aid on Friday as the country reported another record number of new coronavirus infections and a rising death toll that has strained the country’s resources. India recorded more than 330,000 new cases in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday The disaster now consuming India is playing out vividly on social media, with Twitter feeds and WhatsApp groups broadcasting hospitals ’ pleas for oxygen and medicines, and families’ desperate searches for beds in overwhelmed Covid - 19 wards.

The Indian health system is buckling under the strain of an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic - with hospitals now being forced to beg for oxygen . The government is putting oxygen tankers on special express trains across the country to help save COVID - 19 patients who are struggling to breathe. India , a country of nearly 1. 4 billion people, has confirmed 16 million coronavirus cases - second only to the United States. Image: Hospitals have been pleading for supplies on Twitter. On Friday, it set another global record in daily infections for a second straight day , with 332,730 cases

India's second wave, which began in mid-March, comes as the country makes headway with its vaccination program. On Saturday, the health ministry said it had administered more than 140 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 -- and 2.4 million of those were in the past 24 hours.

Despite administering the most number of coronavirus vaccines in the world after the United States and China, India ranks lower than many countries in per capita vaccination, according to CNN data.

The country on Monday announced that those aged 18 or older will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine starting May 1. Private vaccination providers will also be able to charge and provide vaccines.

In his monthly radio program, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and referred to the second Covid-19 wave as a "storm" that had "shaken the nation."

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  AP PHOTOS: Faces new and familiar at a most unusual Oscars LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a night that honored nomads and a messiah, new faces and old at a most unusual Academy Awards. The pandemic-era ceremony at the first-time Oscars home of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles was streamlined and socially distanced, lacking crowds and many if not most of the traditions that mark Hollywood’s biggest night. Some things never change, though. The red carpet was scaled back and modest, but the fashion wasn’t, and the men turned as many heads as the women. LaKeith Stanfield, nominated for best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” wore a swinging black jumpsuit straight from the 1970s. Leslie Odom Jr. wore a striking gold suit and matching shirt, though he wouldn’t win an Oscar to go with it in either of his two nominations for “One Night in Miami.” “Nomadland” was the night’s big winner and breaker of barriers. Director Chloé Zhao became just the second woman and the first woman of color to win best director. Frances McDormand won her third Oscar for best actress. And their film became the first with a woman as both director and lead actor to win best picture. It was a historic year for diversity, with nine of the 20 nominees in the acting categories people of color. Stanfield’s castmate Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Youn Yuh-jung, nominated for the first time at age 73, became the first Korean actor to win an Oscar when she took best supporting actress for her role in “Minari.

COVID - 19 is once again surging across the globe. In the past two weeks, the number of deaths worldwide has risen 12% and daily cases are up 27%. Nowhere is the spike more apparent than in India , where cases have exploded to more than 300,000 per day . The country has set a global daily record for new cases for a third day straight , with more than 346,000 new infections reported. The surge has left hospitals overburdened and out of oxygen supplies and beds, prompting some to shut admissions, the Associated Press reports. On Saturday, authorities were scrambling to get oxygen

India set a global record in daily infections for a second straight day Friday as it struggles to provide oxygen and other emergency supplies to a growing number of COVID - 19 patients who are struggling to breath. The South Asian nation’s health ministry said it counted 332,730 new infections in the previous 24-hour period, surpassing Thursday’s record daily toll of 314,835. In western India , a fire at the Vijay Vallabh Hospital killed at least 13 COVID - 19 patients, while at least six hospitals in the capital of New Delhi either depleted their oxygen supplies or came dangerously close to running out.

"I'm speaking to you at a time when Covid-19 is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain. Many of our loved ones have left us in an untimely way. After successfully tackling the first wave, the nation's morale was high, it was confident. But this storm has shaken the nation," Modi said.


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While state ministers and local authorities had been warning about the second wave and preparing action since February, there appears to have been a vacuum of leadership within the central government, with Modi staying largely silent on the situation until recent weeks.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent his support to the people of India.

"Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific Covid-19 outbreak," Sec. Blinken tweeted. "We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India's health care heroes."

Pressure is mounting on the Biden administration to lift restrictions on exports of supplies that Indian vaccine manufactures say are required to ramp up production.

India tops 200,000 dead as virus surge breaks health system

  India tops 200,000 dead as virus surge breaks health system NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed a grim milestone Wednesday of 200,000 people lost to the coronavirus as a devastating surge of new infections tears through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelms health care systems on the brink of collapse. The health ministry reported a single-day record 3,293 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing India's total fatalities to 201,187, as the world's second most populous country endures its darkest chapter of the pandemic yet. The country also reported 362,757 new infections, a new global record, which raised the overall total past 17.9 million.

Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, which manufactures Covishield, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, urged President Joe Biden to lift the embargo, which former President Donald Trump invoked at the start of the pandemic under the Defense Production Act. The restrictions have continued under Biden since February to boost domestic vaccine production.

"If we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the US, I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the US so that vaccine production can ramp up. Your administration has the details," he tweeted.

Private companies in India step in to plug oxygen shortage

As Covid-19 cases surge and India continues to face severe oxygen shortages, private companies are stepping in to offer their support.

On Saturday, Sahil Barua, the co-founder and CEO of Indian courier company Delhivery, announced the company would work with its airline partners to import oxygen concentrators and other essentials.

"We're flying charters into India with oxygen concentrators and other essential supplies and can build more capacity on demand," Barua posted on LinkedIn.

Several industrial players are also redirecting oxygen production toward aiding the shortage.

The Steel Authority of India, along with private steel giant Jindal Steel and Power and the Tata Group, the country's biggest industrial group, have been supplying oxygen to affected states.

"Tankers refilled with liquid medical #oxygen and being dispatched from our oxygen plant. We shall overcome the #OxygenShortage," Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Steel and Power, tweeted in one of several such posts.

"Medical oxygen is critical to the treatment of Covid-19 patients. Responding to the national urgency, we're supplying 200-300 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen daily to various state governments and hospitals. We are in this fight together & will surely win it!," tweeted Tata Steel, a subsidiary of the group, on April 18.

The Tata Group also posted photos on Twitter of four cryogenic oxygen containers it imported from Singapore, which were flown in by the Indian Air Force on Saturday. They are importing 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen and help ease the oxygen shortage in the country, according to a tweet on April 20.

On Thursday, India's Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order banning the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes.

Indian court urges government action as hospitals cry help .
Indian court urges government action as hospitals cry help

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