Health & Wellness

COVID-19: India Records Highest Single-Day Spike Yet

BP World Bureau | Apr 29 2021 10:44:36 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has recorded the highest single-day spike yet with 3,79,257 cases reported in 24 hours. 

Union health ministry data revealed that the nation's total tally has been pushed to 1,83,76,524 cases and out of that, 30,84,814 are active cases, 1,50,86,878 people recovered and 2,04,832 people died. 

28,44,71,979 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to April 28, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Amidst the surge in the number of cases, giant IT firms in Bengaluru and other cities have set up COVID-19 "war-rooms."

They are trying to source oxygen, medicine and hospital beds for infected workers and maintain backroom operations for the world's biggest financial firms, amidst the shortages reported. 

Goldman Sachs and Standard Chartered, which run from large office parks in Bengaluru, Chennai, or Hyderabad, have put in place infrastructure to vaccinate thousands of employees and their families.

After it was announced that people above 18 years of age can apply for the vaccine, the website CoWIN reportedly crashed. 

The central government said that as many as 80 lakh people have registered for vaccination so far.

"We do not have age-wise segregation as of now. But mostly this number is of 18-44 as on other days the numbers were very small," said RS Sharma, CoWIN chief.

Read: COVID-19: People Above 18 Can Register For Vaccine From Today 4pm 

U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's escalating Covid-19 crisis and depletion of resources to treat the illness. Indian authorities and hospitals are struggling to cope.

United States is sending supplies worth more than $100 million to India to help it fight a surge of Coronavirus cases. 

White House said in a statement that the country will send in 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks, and 1 million rapid diagnostic tests.

World Health Organisation (WHO) said in their statement that 'Indian strain' of the coronavirus, also known as B.1.617 or a 'double mutant', has been found in at least 17 countries.