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India posts record daily rise in COVID-19 deaths

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India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after the country became the world’s second, after the United States, to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections.

Daily coronavirus infections rose by 382,315 on Wednesday, health ministry data showed.

The number of active cases in the country stood at 34,87,229 and 1,69,51,731 patients have recovered from the infection.

Various states in India are facing a shortage of medicines, oxygen and beds.

The Allahabad High Court criticised the management of coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh. It said: “We are at pain in observing that death of COVID-19 patients just for non supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen.”

The Delhi High Court issued a show-cause notice to the Centre asking why contempt action should not be initiated against it for not complying with its orders on oxygen supply to the Capital. On May 1, the Delhi High Court had directed the Centre to provide 490 metric tonnes of oxygen, the quota allocated for the city, “by whatever means”.

The country also administered 16,04,94,188 Covid-19 vaccine doses, giving the shots to 14,84,989 people on Tuesday alone


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