The country has been grappling with the much more severe second wave of the coronavirus infection. The country has been reporting over 3 lakh cases for close to a month now.
While there are signs of cases plateauing or declining in many states, many other states continue to report higher number every other day.
Here are the key stories from the day:
3.48 lakh new cases, record 4,205 deaths reported
With 4,205 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, India reported another grim record of the highest single-day death toll in one day on Wednesday.
The last highest death toll was 4,187 deaths- reported on May 7.
Active caseload declines for the second consecutive day
India’s total active caseload dipped to 37,04,099 on Wednesday. It now comprises 15.87% of the country’s total positive cases.
A net decline of 11,122 cases is recorded in the active caseload in the last 24 hours. This is the second consecutive day of decline in the active cases.
India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,93,82,642, with recovery rate at 83.04%. The recoveries too surpassed new daily cases for the second consecutive day.
PM Modi reviews availability & supply of oxygen and medicines
PM Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the availability & supply of oxygen & medicines.
PM was informed that states are being provided medicines in good quantities. PM was also apprised that the production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks. PM was also informed about the status of procurement of Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the status of PSA plants being installed across the country.
Opposition leaders write joint letter to Modi, ask him to get vaccines from all sources
Leaders of 12 opposition parties Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a free mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19, and a suspension of the Central Vista project and divert the money to aid the fight against coronavirus.
In their joint letter in which they make nine suggestions to the government, the leaders have also demanded a repeal of the three Central farm laws which, they claimed, will help protect lakhs of ‘annadatas’ (food-growers) from becoming the victims of pandemic.
Looking at solutions for Covid-19 variant first identified in India: UK PM Boris Johnson
“We must be vigilant because the threat of this virus remains real and new variants pose a potentially lethal danger, including the one first identified in India which is of increasing concern here in the UK,” said Johnson.
Using term ‘Indian variant’ for B.1.617 strain has no basis: Govt
The Centre on Wednesday clarified that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not associated the term “Indian variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus.
“Several media reports have covered the news of World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying B.1.617 as variant of global concern. Some of these reports have termed the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus as an Indian variant” the statement added. The ministry of health and family welfare said that use of the term ‘Indian variant’ is without basis and unfounded.
World could have prevented Covid catastrophe: Expert pandemic panel
The catastrophic scale of the Covid-19 pandemic could have been prevented, an independent global panel concluded Wednesday, but a “toxic cocktail” of dithering and poor coordination meant the warning signs went unheeded.
Early responses to the outbreak detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 “lacked urgency”, with February 2020 a costly “lost month” as countries failed to heed the alarm, said the panel.
To tackle the current pandemic, it called on the richest countries to donate a billion vaccine doses to the poorest.
India’s new Covid-19 cases have peaked: Cambridge tracker
The number of new coronavirus infections in India has peaked, according to a new tracker developed by researchers at Cambridge Judge Business School and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
The projections are based on reported numbers and are in line with those from some other experts, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advisers.
Most of country should remain locked down for 6-8 weeks: ICMR chief
Dr Balram Bhargava’s comments are the first time a senior government official has outlined how long lockdowns, which already encompass large parts of country, need to continue to rein in the crisis in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has so far shied away from imposing a nationwide lockdown and has left it to state governments.
Kerala, Tamil Nadu reported highest highest daily surge
Even as cases decline in many cases, and many models predicting the worst might be over for India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu reported its highest daily count of the cases since the pandemic began.
Kerala reported 43,529 positive cases from 1,46,320 samples tested in the past 24 hours. The test positivity rate stood at 29.75 per cent, while the state has 4,32,789 active cases.
Tamil Nadu recorded 30,355 new Covid-19 cases in the single biggest day spike so far on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 14,68,864 while 293 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 16,471.
According to a medical bulletin, 19,508 people were discharged today, taking the tally to 12,79,658 leaving 1,72,735 active infections.
With the pandemic raging the southern State, Tamil Nadu for the first time went past the grim 10,000-mark on April 18 and 20,000 on May 2.
(With agency inputs)