Coronavirus India Updates: 2.6 Lakh New Covid Cases; 1,501 Covid Deaths
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Coronavirus India Updates: 2.6 Lakh New Covid Cases; 1,501 Covid Deaths

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India continued to report record number of new coronavirus cases, even as state governments ramp up restrictions amid shortage of hospital beds, critical drugs and oxygen supplies.

2.61 lakh people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry's update at 8:00 a.m. India's total Covid-19 caseload rose to 1.47 crore, while the number of active cases surged past the 18-lakh-mark to a new record.

India has now reported more than 2 lakh daily cases for four days in a row.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 1,47,88,109

  • Active cases: 18,01,316

  • Total cured/discharged/migrated: 1,28,09,643

  • Total deaths: 1,77,150

  • New infections in 24 hours: 2,61,500

  • Recoveries in a day: 1,38,423

  • Deaths in a single day: 1,501

The number of coronavirus-linked deaths is the highest India has reported since June 17, when the single-day death toll hit 2,003 after some states reported reconciled mortality data.

Manmohan Singh Writes To Prime Minister Modi On Covid Crisis

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that ramping up vaccination was the key to managing the second wave.

"The key to our fight against Covid-19 must be ramping up the vaccination effort. We must resist the temptation to look at the absolute numbers being vaccinated, and focus instead on the percentage of the population vaccinated," Singh said in his letter.

The veteran Congress leader made five suggestions in his letter to Modi, noting that with the right policy design, India can do "much better and very quickly".

Read more about the Manmohan Singh's five suggestions, here.

Government To Double Remdesivir Production

The Narendra Modi government plans to double the production of antiviral drug remdesivir over the next 15 days, Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said on Twitter.

  • India currently produces 1.5 lakh vials of remdesivir per day. Production will be doubled to 3 lakh vials per day in the next 15 days.

  • Have given permission to 20 plants to produce remdesivir.

  • Drug companies have reduced retail prices & patients will benefit from it.

(Source: PTI)

India's Emerging Covid-19 Hotspots

Seven states reported over 10,000 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry's 8:00 a.m. update.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicentre of India's second wave, adding over 67,000 cases. Uttar Pradesh reported nearly 30,000 new cases, while Delhi reported over 24,000 cases.

Coronavirus India Updates: 2.6 Lakh New Covid Cases; 1,501 Covid Deaths

Government Steps Up Efforts To Address Hospital Beds Shortage

The Narendra Modi government has written to all central ministries and public sector enterprises under them to dedicate their hospital beds for Covid-19 management in states and union territories.

Less Than 100 ICU Beds Vacant In Delhi: Kejriwal

Less than 100 intensive care unit beds are vacant in Delhi hospitals, and the situation is worsening every moment, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal, according to ANI.

Delhi reported 25,500 new Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate has increased to nearly 30% from 24% in the last 24 hours, Kerjiwal said in a press conference.

There are 10,000 beds in Delhi, including that of central government, of which, 1,800 beds are currently reserved for Covid patients. I request Centre to allot 7,000 of 10,000 beds in view of severe cases.
Arvind Kerjiwal, Chief Minister, Delhi
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