A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from a passenger for a Covid-19 test after arriving on a train platform in Mumbai, India on April 14. Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty Images
India reported 273,810 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, a record high and its fifth straight day with more than 200,000 new infections. This emerges from a CNN balance sheet by the Indo-India Ministry of Health.
The country has reported more than 1 million cases in the past five days alone.
The Department of Health also reported 1,619 new deaths, the highest in nearly 10 months.
There is a severe shortage of intensive care beds in New Delhi for Covid-19 patients. According to government documents, only 73 beds with fans were available in the Indian capital on Sunday.
“Patients are being admitted to hospitals quickly. There is now a shortage of intensive care beds in particular. There are fewer than 100 intensive care beds in Delhi,” said Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference on Sunday.
Indians gathered en masse this month during the country’s month-long Kumbh Mela Festival, which sees hundreds of thousands of people bathe in the Ganges.
The massive crowds are a cause for concern as India struggles to contain a worrying second wave, with cases increasing dramatically every day.
India has recorded a total of 15,061,919 cases of coronavirus and 178,769 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.