The world faces a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus infection nears the 10 million-mark, the World Health Organization head said on Wednesday.
New Delhi, June 25:
India recorded its biggest surge in the number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours for a second consecutive day with 16,922 new patients, taking the total to 4.73 lakh cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the first time that more than 16,000 fresh infections have been reported in a single day. The government on Wednesday recorded a single-day high of 15,968 new infections. India is the fourth worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic after the United States, Brazil and Russia. The world faces a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus infection nears the 10 million-mark, the World Health Organization head said on Wednesday. “Many countries are now experiencing difficulties obtaining oxygen concentrators,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
Here are the top 10 developments on coronavirus cases in India:
Five states in India- Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh – have reported over 80 per cent of deaths in the country linked to coronavirus. While Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, has reported 6,739 deaths, a total of 2,365 patients have died in Delhi, which has the second highest number of coronavirus cases.
In Gujarat, which has logged over 28,000 patients so far, 1,735 COVID-19 linked deaths have been reported; 866 patients have died in Tamil Nadu and 596 people have died in UP.
Seven states and union territories – Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim – have not registered any deaths linked to coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, the government data shows.
Of the total cases, 2,71,697 patients have recovered; 14,894 have died so far. In the last 24 hours, 418 deaths linked to the highly infectious illness were registered. The recovery rate stood at 57.42 per cent this morning.
More than 75 lakh samples have been tested so far, according to the Union Health Ministry. Of these, 2,07,871 samples were tested on Wednesday.
India’s average positivity rate – – ratio of positive cases to the number of tests conducted – stood at 8.14 per cent this morning. Maharashtra’s positivity rate is 17.34 per cent; however, the recovery rate is about 50 per cent.
Mumbai, which has logged nearly 70,000 cases so far, has a doubling rate of 39 days, according to officials. In Dharavi, Asia’s biggest slum which was once a hotspot in Mumbai, cases have trickled to a single digit.
Tamil Nadu reported the single-day biggest jump in cases with 2,865 people testing positive for the illness, taking the tally to 67,468 cases. Chennai, the state’s capital, has over 45,000 cases. The state government has announced fresh restrictions on public transport.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced that a campaign named ”Kill Corona” will be launched from July 1, under which members of every household in the state will be surveyed for coronavirus-like symptoms. Delhi has also set a target of July 6 to screen every house in the national capital.
Worldwide, over 94 lakh patients have been reported since the origin of the outbreak in China in December. Over 4.8 lakh people have died. The United States- epicentre of the pandemic – has reported 23 lakh cases and 1.2 lakh deaths.