Second such incident in Maharashtra state in two days as India posts a world record for daily cases for a second day in a row.
India reports record number of coronavirus cases – and deaths – amid a huge shortage of medical oxygen and beds in its hospitals, as an alarming second wave of the virus overwhelms its fragile and under -financed.
The world’s second most populous country reported a single-day high of nearly 332,730 new cases and a record 2,263 deaths on Friday.
Hospitals in northern and western India, including the capital New Delhi, say they are full and short of oxygen supplies.
Here are the latest updates:
Indian hospitals are in dire need of oxygen
Medical oxygen and beds have become scarce, with major Indian hospitals reporting that they have no space to accommodate patients.
Max Healthcare, which operates a network of hospitals in northern and western India, posted an appeal on Twitter for an emergency supply of oxygen at its facilities in the capital New Delhi.
“SOS – Less than an hour of oxygen supply at Max Smart Hospital and Max Hospital Saket. Waiting for new supplies promised from INOX since 1 am, ”the company said.
Similar desperate calls from hospitals and ordinary people have been posted on social media for days this week across the country.
World record for daily COVID cases for second day in a row
India recorded the world’s highest daily number of coronavirus cases for a second day in a row, while daily deaths from COVID-19 also jumped by a record.
With 332,730 new cases, the total number of cases in India has now exceeded 16 million. Deaths increased by 2,263 to a total of 186,920, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
India recorded 314,835 new infections on Thursday, surpassing the record held by the United States in January with 297,430 new cases. The United States’ tally has since fallen.
Fire kills 13 COVID-19 patients in Indian hospital
A fire broke out in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Maharashtra state, western India, killed 13 patients with COVID-19, official said .
The fire on the second floor of the hospital has been extinguished and some patients requiring oxygen have been transferred to nearby hospitals, said Dilip Shah, CEO of Vijay Vallabh Hospital in the Virar region, about 70 kilometers away. north of Mumbai.
Shah said there were 90 patients in the hospital and the cause of the fire was being investigated.
24 COVID-19 patients on ventilators died at a hospital in Nashik, another city in Maharashtra state, on Wednesday when their oxygen supply was cut off by a leak in a supply line.
Canada bans flights from India and Pakistan
Canada has banned all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days due to the growing wave of COVID-19 cases in that region, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said.
The ban began Thursday evening, hours after India reported a world record of more than 314,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. Cargo flights from India and Pakistan will continue.
Over one million people living in Canada are of Indian descent, while 100,000 Canadians are of Pakistani descent.