There are more than 300,000 cases in the last 24 hours while COVID-19-related deaths also jump from 2,104 deaths.
India has reported more than 300,000 coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, the highest daily total, while COVID-19-related deaths have also jumped by a record.
India’s daily jump of 314,835 cases surpasses the previous highest one-day rise in the world of 297,430 cases posted by the United States in January.
India’s total cases are now at 15.93 million, the second highest in the world, while deaths rose by 2,104 to reach a total of 184,657, according to health ministry data.
A cruel second wave of coronavirus infections, blamed on “double mutant” variant and “super-dispersant” mass collections, in the world’s most repopulated nation, has extended its long-underfunded healthcare system to a breaking point.
At least 24 COVID-19 patients died in western India’s Maharashtra state on Wednesday when the oxygen supply to their breathing machines came out, amid a shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and medicines such as the anti-viral drug, remdesivir.
Health experts say India was disappointed to protect it when the virus appeared to be under control during the winter, allowing for large concentrations such as weddings and holidays.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself faces criticism for tackling crowded political rallies for local elections and allowing a Hindu festival to go ahead where millions gathered.
Modi said in a speech to the nation on Tuesday night that “every effort is being made” to boost supplies of medical oxygen.