Indian COVID-19 Cases Top 200K as Oxygen and Beds Run Low

India has now reported a new record daily of more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases, prompting lockdowns in major cities as the healthcare system struggles with the increasing surge, on Thursday.

The 200,739 additional cases on Thursday have now brought the nationwide total to over 14 million cases with 173, 123 deaths.

Hospitals have reported a shortage in oxygen supply and beds, as the South Asian country on Wednesday surpassed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases. 

Capital New Delhi has announced restricted movement starting weekend, with only essential workers being allowed to move with proper local passes.

Authorities also ordered that restaurants, malls and other non-essential shops to shut and imposed curfews. 

Meanwhile, officials in hard-hit Maharashtra state, where financial capital Mumbai is located, has already imposed a two-week lockdown which started Wednesday. 

In addition, hospitals in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have reported shortages in oxygen supply. 

The new wave of infection comes as thousands of devotees performed bathing rituals in Kumbh Mela festivities in Uttarakhand state, which on Wednesday has recorded over 1,000 testing positive for Covid-19 in a span of 48 hours. 

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