Coronavirus in India Live News: Fresh Covid-19 Cases in India Live Updates, Coronavirus India Lockdown Guidelines List, Covid-19 New Variant Symptoms, Coronavirus Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, UP Live Updates
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 cognisance on 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 cancelled his scheduled West Bengal visits and will be chair high-level meetings on Friday in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country. He took stock of the situation and called for using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.
In Maharashtra on Wednesday, tragedy struck 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 infection. NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul on Wednesday appealed to the states, hospitals and nursing homes to ensure rational use of oxygen as it was “life-saving” drug for the coronavirus infected patients.