Coronavirus in India Live Updates: An oxygen tank leaked at Dr Zakir Hussain NMC Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra Wednesday. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that 22 people dead. A video tweeted by ANI showed gaseous oxygen spreading across the area which was supposed to be used by the hospital. A rescue team of the fire brigade are on the spot. About 171 patients were on oxygen in the hospital.
India on Wednesday reported 2,95,041 new Covid-19 cases, a record spike seen in 24 hours. The country recorded 2,023 deaths and 1,67,457 discharges in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. The total number of Covid cases in India stand at 1,56,16,130, total recoveries at 1,32,76,039, death toll at 1,82,553 and active cases at 21,57,538. Amid an acute oxygen crisis in New Delhi, it is learnt that 5000 cubic meters of oxygen have reached Sir Gangaram Hospital. Sir Gangaram Hospital has told CNN News18, “Breather for some hours, at present requirement is 10000 cubic meters.”
Even as Maharashtra reported 62,097 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 39,60,359, it is likely that the state will announce another lockdown for 15 days. The state registered 519 more patients succumbed to the infection, said a health department official. The new fatalities pushed the statewide toll to 61,343, he said. News18 learnt from sources that the lockdown is likely from Wednesday at 8 pm.
A record 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths marked the aggravation of the pandemic situation in Delhi on Tuesday as the positivity rate shot up to 32.82 per cent — meaning every third sample came out positive — amid a “serious oxygen crisis” unfolding in the city. The city also faced an acute shortage of ICU beds as the Delhi government warned that there will be an outrage if a sufficient quantity of medical oxygen does not reach health facilities by Wednesday morning. It said oxygen is available only for the next 8-12 hours in most hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.
Meanwhile, France is going to be the first country in the European Union to begin experimenting with a digital coronavirus travel certificate. The Guardian reported that the TousAntiCovid app that France used for its contact tracing programme will be upgraded to store negative Covid-19 test results on travellers' mobile phones and is being trialled on flights to Corsica.