Coronavirus News Live Updates: India on Saturday recorded yet another record Covid spike with 3,46,786 new coronavirus cases and 2,624 deaths. Covid-19 cases have been rising unabated in India as the country faces a second peak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting to review steps taken to boost oxygen availability. A statement said Modi said that there was an immediate need to augment the supply of medical grade oxygen as well as equipment required for patient care both at home and in hospitals. PM stressed that all ministries and departments need to work in synergy to increase availability of oxygen and medical supplies.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah said a special campaign had been launched across the country to provide oxygen from the PM Cares fund, as part of which 11 new PSA oxygen plants have been set up in Gujarat.
New Delhi on Friday recorded its highest ever death toll with 348 Covid-19 related deaths and 24,331 new coronavirus cases amid a severe crisis of oxygen and hospital beds in the city. Delhi has a positivity rate of 32 per cent 92,000 active cases. Maharashtra too saw a record spike in the death toll with 773 covid deaths. The state, another among the worst hit, saw 66,836 new cases.
Meanwhile, Delhi hospitals said they continued to face a lack of oxygen. Both the state and Centre took steps to get oxygen delivered to these hospitals on a war footing. Both the governments also promised in the Delhi High Court hearing that they will make oxygen available in these hospitals.
Weekend lockdowns are in place in Kerala and Karanataka in light of rising Covid-19 cases. The Karnataka lockdown began on Friday evening at 9 pm and will continue to Monday at 6 am. The lockdown in Kerala began from Friday evening 9 pm and is in place till Monday at 5 am.