Highest single day deaths of 1,761 in India, 2.59L cases

In Deadliest Day So Far, 1,761 Succumb To Covid As 2.59 Lakh Fresh Cases Recorded

The Army took to Twitter on Tuesday and said, "Base Hospital Delhi Cantt BHDC is being converted into an exclusive COVID-19 facility for Indian armed forces and veterans with effect from April 22, 2021".

Amid private hospitals, the BL Kapoor Hospital has 8-10 hours supply, the Stephen Hospital for 12-15 hours, Max Patparganj for 10 hours and the Maharaja Agrasen for 5 hours.

"Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi", Kejriwal tweeted, adding some hospitals are left with just a few hours of stock.

New Delhi's Chief Minister told reporters Monday the city has almost run out of intensive care unit beds at hospitals and that oxygen is in short supply.

"I am scared for my parents and relatives more than I am scared for myself because they are not young anymore and getting admitted into a hospital right now is next to impossible", one Delhi resident told AFP. "However, we kept informing both the Centre and the Delhi government".

Residents in Delhi, which is under a six-day lockdown that began on Monday night, are fighting for hospital beds, oxygen, medicines - and even a place in its many crematoriums and graveyards.

"While we are making all efforts to save lives, we are also trying to ensure minimal impact on livelihoods and economic activity", Modi said, urging state governments to use lockdowns only as a last resort.

According to Rana, around 120 patients in the ICU are heavily dependent on oxygen. 519 more patients died of the infection. An order issued by the Health Department said the "Oxygen Audit Committee" will identify areas of wasteful consumption.

"Oxygen demand has increased". Sisodia on Tuesday said the Centre should be "sensitive and active" in handling the situation so that there is no clamour among states over its supply.

"We are facing huge problems in oxygen supply but somehow we are managing".

These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India adds 2,59,170 new cases in single day, record 1,761 fresh fatalities New Delhi: India's total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,53,21,089 with 2,59,170 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while active cases surpassed the 20-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 13 crore as part of the world's largest vaccination drive, the ministry said in the afternoon.