Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union on Friday in the face of the increase in coronavirus cases in the country. The country saw a record daily increase in coronavirus cases of 386,452 on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,498 in the past 24 hours. Several states, including Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra, have said they do not have sufficient doses of the vaccine for inoculation of people between the ages of 18 and 44. The shortage comes with less than 24 hours before the third phase of the vaccination campaign for all adults in the country.
The 3,498 new deaths include 771 from Maharashtra, 395 from Delhi, 295 from Uttar Pradesh, 270 from Karnataka, 251 from Chhattisgarh, 180 from Gujarat, 158 from Rajasthan, 145 from Jharkhand, 137 from Punjab and 107 from Tamil Nadu, according to health ministry data.
A total of 2,08330 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 67,985 from Maharashtra, 15,772 from Delhi, 15,306 from Karnataka, 13,933 from Tamil Nadu, 12,238 from Uttar Pradesh, 11,248 from West Bengal, 8,909 from Punjab and 8,312 from Chhattisgarh.
The Ministry of Health pointed out that more than 70% of deaths were due to comorbidities.