Coronavirus Updates: India Reports 3.9 Lakh New Covid Cases, 3,689 Deaths
A health worker administers the Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine to a senior citizen at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at a Delhi Municipal Corp. Public Health Center. Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg

Coronavirus Updates: India Reports 3.9 Lakh New Covid Cases, 3,689 Deaths

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India continued to report a surge in Covid-19 infections amid a second wave that’s ravaging Asia’s third-largest economy and bringing its healthcare system under immense strain.

Nearly 3.92 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 2.

Active coronavirus infections in India crossed 33 lakh for the first time ever.

More than 3,400 patients succumbed to the illness for the third straight day, overwhelming the country’s crematoriums and burial grounds. That took the total death toll to 2.15 lakh.

Key Numbers:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,95,57,457.
  • Total number of active cases: 33,49,644.
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 1,59,92,271.
  • Total deaths: 2,15,542.
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,92,488.
  • One-day recoveries: 3,07,865.
  • One-day deaths: 3,689.

Government Urged To Utilise Budgetary Allocation For Vaccination Programme

Opposition party leaders urged the central government to utilise the budgetary outlay of Rs 35,000 crore in this year’s union budget to launch a free mass vaccination programme for all Indians.

Leaders, including Sonia Gandhi from the Congress, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Designate MK Stalin and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said in a statement the central government must ensure “uninterrupted flow of oxygen supplies to all hospitals and health centres across the country”.

Other signatories to the statement include former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Sharad Pawar of the NCP, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, BSP supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, D Raja of the Communist Party of India and CPM’s Sitaram Yechury.

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