India has now reported a global record of more than 300,000 cases within the last 24 hours, as the country struggles with record deaths, shortage of oxygen supply and hospital beds.
The South Asian country has recorded the highest daily tally yet with 314, 835 additional cases on Thursday bringing the total cases to nearly 16 million with over 184,000 deaths.
Experts say India’s second wave is primarily blamed on complacency, mass gatherings and failure to practice health protocols, which has now seen a record 2,104 deaths in just 24 hours.
“The second wave is a consequence of complacency and mixing and mass gatherings. You don’t need a variant to explain the second wave,” said Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy.
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the city now needs another 5,000 ICU beds with several hospitals reporting that oxygen supply will only last 10 hours.
Meanwhile, the New Delhi High Court on Wednesday has ordered the Indian government to allocate oxygen supply from industrial sites to hospitals, to help alleviate the overwhelmed healthcare system.