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Covid, in India still more than 300 thousand cases in 24 hours

Byeditorial

May 11, 2021

The Indian government has confirmed over 300,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, a record number now for the third consecutive week. In total, India has nearly 23 million cases and 150 thousand deaths. Yesterday’s numbers, however, are lower than those of the past few days. The Indian Ministry of Health has specified that, in the last 24 hours, 329,942 cases and 3,876 deaths have been recorded, which brings the total to 22,992,517 and 249,992 respectively since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of infections, however, seems to be decreasing: yesterday more than 365,000 were reported, after four consecutive days over 400,000. The ministry also indicated that there are currently 3,715,221 active cases in the country, 30,016 fewer than the previous day. It is the first time in several weeks that this figure has fallen. As for the number of people healed, the threshold of 19 million has been exceeded, specifically 19,027,304 after the 356,082 negativized yesterday were added. Meanwhile, another 11 patients suffering from Covid-19 died in a hospital in the district of Chittoor of Andra Pradesh, due to an interruption in the supply of oxygen. This was reported by a senior district official, M Hari Narayanan, quoted by the Indian Express newspaper, who attributes the incident to a delay in the arrival of a tanker carrying supplies. In addition, Narayanan denied allegations by the victims’ families that oxygen supply to the intensive care unit was cut off for nearly 45 minutes. “There was a five-minute delay in refilling the oxygen cylinder which caused the pressure to drop,” Narayanan told reporters, reiterating that “the oxygen supply was restored within five minutes.” Now the situation is back to normal, he added, and “a serious disaster was averted thanks to the rapid action of medical personnel”. However, despite assurances from Chittoor district officials, state authorities in Andra Pradesh have ordered an investigation into the incident.