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India logs over 3.32L fresh Covid cases

India logs over 3.32L fresh Covid cases
Mass cremation of COVID-19 victims in New Delhi, Friday.
NEW DELHI, APRIL 23 | Publish Date: 4/23/2021 11:47:07 AM IST

India added a record over 3.32 lakh new coronavirus cases in a single day taking the country’s tally to 1,62,63,695, while active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

India is struggling with a second wave of the coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds in view of a rising number of cases.

According to the Union Health Ministry data updated this morning, India recorded a single day rise of 3,32,730 new cases, taking the tally to 1,62,63,695, while active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark. The death toll increased to 1,86,920 with a record 2,263 new fatalities.

Registering a steady increase, the active cases increased to 24,28,616 comprising 14.93 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.92 per cent.

India to airlift 23 Oxygen generation plants from Germany

Defence Ministry has decided to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generating plants from Germany as several states reeled under an acute shortage of medical oxygen due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases, officials said today.
They said each plant will have a capacity to produce 40 litres of oxygen per minute and 2,400 litres every hour.
Principal Spokesperson in the Defence Ministry AB Bhushan Babu said the plants will be deployed in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) hospitals treating Covid-19 patients. “23 mobile oxygen generation plants are being airlifted from Germany,” Babu said. He said the oxygen generating plants are expected to be airlifted within a week.
Another official said the Air Force has been told to keep its transport aircraft ready to bring the plants from Germany once required paper works are completed. The official said more oxygen generation plants may be procured from abroad.

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