Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with officials on oxygen supply in the country amid the surge in coronavirus cases. Modi suggested increasing oxygen production and directed the officials to ensure unhindered movement of tankers across the country.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tested positive for the coronavirus.He has been moved to the Manipal Hospital. Yediyurappa had contracted the infection last year too. The Karnataka chief minister was discharged from the Manipal Hospital on August 10 after recovering from the infection.
India on Friday reported 2,17,353 new cases, taking its tally to 1,42,91,917. The country is hit by a massive second wave of infections and this is the highest figure recorded so far since the pandemic began in January 2020. The toll increased to 1,74,308 with 1,185 deaths, the highest since September 19.
This is the second straight day that India has recorded over 2 lakh cases and the sixth consecutive day of over 1.5 lakh daily cases.
As the infections surged, people scrambled to find beds in hospitals for patients across states. Supplies of oxygen, critical to tackle breathing difficulties, also ran short in many places.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 13.88 crore people and killed 29,84,237 since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 7.81 crore people have recovered from the infection.