New Coronavirus Cases in India Live Updates: India has reported 3,14,835 new COVID-19 cases, 2,104 deaths, and 1,78,841 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. The country reported a record high of 2,95,041 new COVID cases and 2023 deaths on Wednesday, with the oxygen crisis precipitated by the second wave of Covid-19 in India appearing to be intensified with complaints of shortage from several states. On Thursday (April 22, 2021), the Supreme Court of India took suo motu cognizance of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India and issued notice to the Centre. Chief Justice of JI said, “we have 4 issues primarily in mind – supply of oxygen, supply of essential drugs, manner of vaccination are among them. Senior Advocate Harish Salve will represent as the amicus curiae; we want to see a national plan on this issue.”
PM Narendra Modi canceled his scheduled West Bengal visits and will be at high-level chair meetings on Friday, given the COVID-19 situation in the country. He took stock of the problem and called for innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.
On Wednesday, tragedy struck in Maharashtra when 24 patients on ventilator support suffocated to death due to leakage in an oxygen storage tank.
Free vaccines: Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Chhattisgarh are the latest states to announce free COVID vaccination for all aged above 18 years. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh and Assam had announced a similar decision. Officials say that the vaccines reduce the risk of infection and prevent death and severe illness. On Wednesday, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr. V K Paul appealed to the states, hospitals, and nursing homes to ensure rational use of oxygen as it was a “life-saving” drug for the coronavirus infected patients.