India reports 300,000 COVID-19 cases in a day

2021-04-22 at 13:41

India has reported 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – the highest one-day tally recorded anywhere in the world.

Deaths rose by 2,104 in the same time period, India’s worst daily toll. It brings the country’s total confirmed cases close to 16 million, second only to the US’s 31.9 million.

India is in the grip of a vicious second wave and an acute oxygen shortage is raising more fears about its overwhelmed health care system.

It has led Delhi’s highest court to publicly criticised the central government for its handling of the oxygen crisis in the city.

It ordered the government to ensure safe passage of oxygen supplies from factories to hospitals across India.

Crowds are gathering outside hospitals in major cities which are filled to capacity. Health services are struggling to cope.