India records over 3.46 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The rapid rise in the Covid-19 cases has taken India’s total infection count to over 1.66 crore. Out of which over 25.52 lakh cases are currently active while over 1.38 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 2,624 new deaths, the death toll is now over 1.89 lakh.
Delhi badly hit by Covid-19 recorded 348 deaths, 24,331 new cases in the last 24 hours. Hospitals in the national capital continued to suffer from a severe shortage of medical oxygen. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal highlighted the issue of shortage of oxygen in the meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday held a meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers across the country, asking them to use the industry’s full potential to meet medical oxygen demand in the coming days. The PM said there was a need to increase the availability of oxygen cylinders as well as to upgrade facilities for its transportation.
Chairing a meeting with chief ministers of different states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the railway and Air Force have been deployed to reduce the travel time for oxygen tankers so that states facing a shortage of medical oxygen could get it in time. The PM also said that every state should ensure that no oxygen tanker, meant for any state, is stopped.