Coronavirus in India News Live Updates: India on Friday reported 3,32,730 new Covid-19 cases and 2,263 deaths. The number of new cases of the novel coronavirus is yet another record spike. The health ministry update said 1,93,279 people were discharged in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in India stood at 1,62,63,695, total recoveries at 1,36,48,159 and the total death toll at 1,86,920. India right now has 24,28,616 active cases.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the chief ministers of several states including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray over the Covid situation in those states.
Amid a massive crisis over oxygen, the Indian Air Force has started airlifting big oxygen tankers from their place of use to the filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of oxygen.
In yet another tragic incident at a hospital in Maharashtra, a fire at COVID Center in Vasai of Palghar district has killed 13 patients. ANI reported Dr Dilip Shah of the Vijay Vallabh hospital as saying, “Thirteen people have died after a fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit around 3 am today. Twenty-one patients including those in critical condition have been shifted to another hospital.” News18 Hindi reported that 15 patients were in the ICU. It is believed that AC shortcircuits started the fire.
Even as the Covid-19 surge in India refused to abate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to have three meetings on Friday on the coronavirus crisis in the country. The prime minister will review the Covid-19 related situation in an internal meeting at 9 am, followed by a meeting at 10 am with chief ministers of states that have a high number of Covid-19 cases and then at 12:30 he will hold a meeting with the leading oxygen manufacturers in the country through video conferencing.
The Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance of the situation in India on Thursday with CJI SA Bobde calling it chaotic. The apex court will begin hearing the matter on Friday at 11 am.