India announced another daily high of new COVID-19 cases – more than 412,000 – and nearly 4,000 new deaths on Thursday.
The new daily total for Wednesday eclipsed the previous record last weekend, according to the India health ministry and the World Health Organization.
The daily increase was about 3,800, also a record, according to health ministry data.
Officials said there are some positive signs in New Delhi, where health authorities have seen positivity rate decline recently. Officials said the rate, which was 36% in late April, was 26% on Wednesday.
The Delhi High Court asked the New Delhi government on Thursday to provide more medical care space for patients, describing the city’s current facilities as “exposed” and “shambles.”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday that if the state gets supplies from the central government, his administration would not let anybody die as a result of the current oxygen shortage.
“If we get an adequate supply of oxygen — 700 tons — we will be able to set up 9,000 to 9,500 beds in Delhi,” Kejriwal told reporters, according to NDTV. “We will be able to create oxygen beds. I assure you that we will not let anyone die to a shortage of oxygen in Delhi.”
The Indian government has been chastised for failing to provide adequate medical oxygen to states and territories, leaving hospitals with extreme shortages. Any patients have died while waiting for beds and oxygen in ambulances and parked vehicles.
Some critics have claimed that some of the shortages are politically motivated, claiming that areas dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party have received higher priority in delivery.