Delhi, battling a devastating wave of coronavirus and a recurring, appalling oxygen shortage, recorded its highest ever fatalities over the last 24 hours — 306 people died as more than 26,000 cases were logged. The total number of fatalities have gone up to 13,193 and the caseload to 9,56,348, of which 91,618 are active cases.
The positivity rate has also gone up — the current figure is 36.24.
The national capital has been logging over 25,000 cases for days now. The huge numbers have converted its hospitals to battle zones where for the last three days, the doctors have been fighting to save patients amid a massive shortage of beds and most crucially, oxygen.
Outside many hospitals, desperate patients could be seen waiting, many in tears, appealing for a bed for their loved ones.
Since morning, several private hospitals in Delhi said they ran out of oxygen, two approached the High Court for relief. Late in the evening, the Delhi government listed five hospitals which were completely out of supplies even as other hospitals flagged shortages to the media and on social media.