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Coronavirus India Update: Nearly 274,000 new cases reported on April 19

New Delhi: India reported more than 273,000 cases on Monday, as the country reported 2,73,810 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

People wearing protective COVID-19/Coronavirus masks while waiting at a railway station (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: India reported more than 273,000 cases on Monday, as the country reported 2,73,810 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The new infections, showing no signs of slowing down rose from 2,34,692 cases reported a day earlier, staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The country reported a high of 2,00,739 cases on April 15.

The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported  1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch all over the country.

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On the recovery front, the country as a whole saw 1,44,178 discharges from hospitals after fighting off COVID-19 infection, taking the country’s tally of total recoveries to 1,29,53,821 patients. While the deaths reached another high with more than 1,600 people succumbed to Coronavirus. A total of 1,619 deaths were reported up from 1,501 deaths reported on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This took the death tally of the country to 1,78,769 lives lost to date.

The number of active cases in the country, till 7 am on April 19, stood at 19,29,329 patients, while the total number of cases stood at 1,50,61,919 cases. 

Among states, Maharashtra leads with 67,123 new cases while its total case tally stood at 37,70,707 cases. The state has a total of 6,49,563 active cases while 59,970 people have lost their lives so far to the virus. After Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh stands at the second position with 27,334 new cases, followed by Delhi with 24,375 new infections.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of vaccines rose above 123 million. As many as 12,38,52,566 doses have been administered in the country so far.

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The Empowered Group 2 on Thursday, citing the rise in demand for medical oxygen in 12 states, has devised a framework. The present challenge is to move oxygen from states with less necessity to states with increased necessity. It has initiated mapping of the surplus sources with states that have a greater need for oxygen, such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, etc is being finalised, in consultation with the manufacturers, states and other stakeholders.

This will be done through coordinated planning between the Government of India and State Governments to map their requirements up to 30th April 2021 with the available sources and stocks of oxygen in the country.

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