NEW DELHI, May 9 (KUNA) -- Indian government sources said on Sunday that 4,092 people succumbed to COVID-19 as 403,738 fresh cases were registered from different parts of the country in the 24 hours.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that deaths due to COVID-19 mounted to 242,362 while the total positive cases surged to 22,29,6414.
According to the ministry 18,317,404 people recovered from the pandemic as the second wave hit the nation unprepared.
India is under an unprecedented health emergency as the record number of COVID-19 cases have resulted in acute shortage of oxygen supply, basic medicines, vaccines and ICU beds in overcrowded hospitals.
The government has started building new medical centres close to factories that produce oxygen and converted several train coaches into beds where COVID-19 patients are being treated. Around 500 oxygen plants are being built close to major hospitals as well.
Several state governments across the country intensified lockdown, curfew and movements of people and schools, colleges, cinema theatres are closed and large gatherings of political, religious and social nature are banned.
Naval and air forces are working in full swing delivering and fetching oxygen and related medical equipment from within and without the country. (end)