Delhi recorded 381 deaths over the last 24 hours — the highest since Covid reached the city last year. The number of fresh infections was 24,149, which took the number of active cases to 98,000. The positivity rate remained at 32.72 per cent.
The numbers in Delhi have been edging down slowly since the lockdown started in the city last week. Before that, the virus had exploded in the city, reaching a 28,000-plus figure at one point.
The subsequent shortage of beds, drugs and most importantly oxygen, had stretched the hospitals to a breaking point.
Today, the Centre assured the Supreme Court that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are monitoring oxygen supply across the country on a war footing.
“The Central Government, with active and constant supervision and direct involvement of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Home Minister, is augmenting the oxygen supply on a war footing evolving and implementing innovative measures,” the Centre said in a 201-page affidavit.