India’s Covid caseload surged to 1.66 crore infections with 3.46 lakh new cases in the world’s highest-ever daily surge reported by any nation. The country saw the deadliest day of the pandemic with 2,624 deaths; 1.89 lakh people have died since the start of the pandemic.
SOS messages are being sent out by top hospitals, patients and their family and friends amid shortage of medical oxygen and hospital beds.
Delhi and Maharashtra recorded the highest-ever number of deaths in a single day. Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, recorded 773 Covid-linked deaths in the last 24 hours while Delhi reported 348 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with chief ministers of 10 worst-hit states. All states should ensure that tankers carrying oxygen to other states must not be stopped or delayed, he said. Assuring the “high Covid-burden” states of support from the centre, he called for the states to remain united in the fight against the virus.