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Covid: India reports 41,383 new infections in last 24 hours, active cases rise for two straight days


India reported 41,383 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday as the country’s tally rose to 3,12,57,720 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The number was 1.5% fewer than Wednesday’s count of 42,015 infections.

The toll rose to 4,18,987 as 507 patients died due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases went up by 2,224 to 4,09,394, while a total of 3,04,29,339 patients have recovered from the disease. Active cases had risen by more than 1,000 on Wednesday too.

Meanwhile, experts have criticised the central government’s claim that no Covid-19 patient in the country died due to lack of oxygen, The Hindu reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to the newspaper, public health expert and epidemiologist Chandrakant Lahariya said that technically no Covid-19 death would be recorded as “due to lack of oxygen” as the immediate cause. “However, oxygen is necessary for treatment and the failure of the system to provide it has to be acknowledged,” he said.

Despite the criticism and political backlash on the Centre’s claim, at least five states on Wednesday, made similar assertions even as shortages of oxygen during the second wave of the pandemic captured global attention.

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