India reports 3,49,391 new Covid cases, 2,767 deaths, another record high

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India Covid cases

New Delhi (NVI): India today recorded 3,49,391 new Covid cases and 2,767 deaths in the last 24 hours, highest single-day surge in the world for third straight day.

The latest surge comes as the country grapples with shortage of oxygen and Covid vaccines. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala contribute 54 per cent of the cases, according to the Health Ministry.

India had yesterday reported 3,46,786 new Covid cases and 2,674 deaths.

Meanwhile, the United States has expressed concern over Covid-19 outbreak in India. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the Joe Biden administration is working closely with the Indian government and will deploy additional support to cope with the Covid situation in the country.

“Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific COVID-19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s health care heroes,” Blinken said in a tweet.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also said that the US is deeply concerned by the severe surge of Covid cases in India. “The U.S. is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India. We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely battle this pandemic. More very soon,” the US NSA tweeted.

The latest concern by the US comes after the EU, Australia and China offered to help India in dealing with the Covid crisis. It also comes a week after America said that it would not be lifting ban on exports of key ingredients required in vaccine manufacture.