India recorded a highest daily spike of 115,736 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while the worst-hit state Maharashtra raised alarm over vaccine stocks running very low.
The situation was described as “very, very critical” by the Indian government, as more states imposed restrictions to break the chain of transmission.
India has now recorded 12.8 million cases and 166,177 deaths.
The pandemic has risen to alarming levels in much of the nation, especially in the second-most densely populated state of Maharashtra, as some hospitals suffered dwindling bed space, oxygen shortages and morgues running out of space.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope warned of a vaccine shortage, saying stocks would only last for three days.
“We do not have enough vaccine doses at multiple centres. Health workers are now turning away many people. We cannot afford to slow down the pace of vaccination. We need to generate immunity in population and we are ready to vaccinate up to 5 lakh or even 6 lakh people a day,” Mr Tope said.
Maharashtra has remained the worst-hit since the beginning of pandemic and accounted for the highest number of Covid cases at 58 per cent as well as deaths at 34 per cent, according to official data…