Coronavirus India Updates: Death Rate Continues To Rise
Containers of hand sanitizer on a cart in front of a closed stores during a lockdown in New Delhi. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Death Rate Continues To Rise

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India Airlifts Oxygen From Singapore

Oxygen tankers are being airlifted from Singapore to meet demand amid supplies running low in the country. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted earlier in the day today.

India To Give Free Rice, Wheat For 2 Months To 80 Crore People

The central government will spend Rs 26,000 crore ($3.5 billion) to provide free food grain for two months to people covered under the state-run food programme, the food ministry said in a statement on Friday.

-Will provide a total of 5 kilograms of wheat or rice per person per month in May & June

-Move to “ameliorate hardships faced by the poor and needy due to economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak”

Number Of New Cases Inch Closer To 3.5 Lakh

India reported more than 3 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases for a third day in a row, even as the number of deaths remained above 2,000 for the fourth straight day. This comes at a time states continue to tighten curbs and the centre seeks to expand the vaccination drive.

3.46 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, marking the highest number of new infections recorded by any country in a single day, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on April 24.

Key Figures

Total confirmed cases: 1,66,10,481
Total number of active cases: 25,52,940
Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,38,67,997
Total deaths: 1,89,544
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,46,786
One-day recoveries: 2,19,838
One-day deaths: 2,624
Total vaccinations: 13,83,79,832

High Rises Report Maximum Cases

India’s devastating new wave of infections appears to have landed on its urban affluent, a group whose lives are usually insulated from the country’s worst economic and social crises.
In Mumbai, more than 170,000 households are in buildings that have been sealed by government authorities, which indicates the coronavirus is spreading rapidly among the city’s middle and upper middle classes.

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