India records more than 2,000 single day COVID-19 deaths as oxygen supplies run low

NEW DELHI, INDIA - 2021/03/24: A Health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample from a passenger for coronavirus Covid-19 rapid antigen test to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic at New Delhi Railway Station. In Delhi random testing of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and (RT-PCR), is conducted across airports, Railway and Bus station as precautionary measures to prevent and control the surge of Covid19 cases in Delhi in regards to people coming to the city from other states. (Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Official data from India’s health ministry on Wednesday showed the country reported more than 2,000 deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day tally thus far.

In an address to the nation on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country was ‘once again fighting a big fight.’

Reuters reports that Authorities said hospitals in the Indian capital of Delhi would start running out of medical oxygen by Wednesday.

“Major government hospitals in the city of 20 million people had between eight and 24 hours’ worth of oxygen while some private ones had enough for just four to five hours,” said Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia.

“If we don’t get enough supplies by tomorrow morning, it will be a disaster,” he said, calling for urgent help from the federal government.

India has thus far recorded 15,300,117 Coronavirus cases, 13,100,017 recoveries and 181,000 deaths.

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