‘Big battle lies ahead’: India being overrun by huge COVID surge

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Police officer Surinder Sonone said the leak occurred in a pipe connecting the oxygen supply to the main tank in the hospital complex.

In total India has recorded 15.6 million cases, second only to the US, and more than 180,000 deaths, though it is behind many countries on a per capita basis.

India reported highest single-day deaths of Covid-19 patients with 1,761 new fatalities registered in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,80,530 on Tuesday.

"We are facing huge problems in oxygen supply but somehow we are managing".

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said its oxygen stock would last till 1 am. The court also sought to know why critical patients were not taken in by government hospitals, if they came in private vehicles instead of "108" ambulances. "I was shooed away by the police", he said, when he tried to meet the CMO.

With the slightest decline in cases, India has recorded 259,170 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. As of Tuesday morning, there were a total of 20,31,977 active cases across the country, with daily infections reaching over 2.50 lakh for the fourth consecutive day.

An order issued by the Health Department said the "Oxygen Audit Committee" will identify areas of wasteful consumption. "To ensure that there no "jungle raj" among states over supply of oxygen, the Central government should be very sensitive and active to handle the situation", he tweeted in hindi. "We are trying to increase oxygen production and supply across the country", Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday evening.

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There is a scarcity of COVID-19 beds and oxygen. "We are also trying on our side, but we need your help". Notably, Delhi is reporting more cases than any city in the world.

New Delhi joined 13 other Indian states that have made a decision to impose restrictions, curfews, or lockdowns in their cities, including the richest state of Maharashtra and Modi's home state of Gujarat, where the industrial city of Ahmedabad is also grappling with a shortage of beds.

About 80 of 142 hospitals in Delhi had no beds left for virus patients, government figures showed.

"We had nearly lost hope". As many as 1,32,76,039 people have recovered from the disease.

Authorities said hospitals in the Indian capital of Delhi would start running out of medical oxygen by Wednesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country faced a coronavirus "storm" overwhelming its health system.

According to WHO, it took nine months for the world to hit its first million Covid-19 deaths, and only three months to log its most recent million.

The army further said that "SeHAT OPD", an online Triservice Teleconsultation Service is functional for all serving personnel of Indian armed forces, the veterans and their dependents to provide healthcare to them.

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