India has seen a maximum of 2,023 deaths in a single day since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.
A record 2,95,041 new cases have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Indian Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning.
This is the seventh day in a row that more than two lakh new patients have been identified in the country.
The country has surpassed all previous records in both deaths and new infections, Reuters reported.
In all, the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in India stood at 1,72,553 and the total number of identified patients exceeded 1.56 million.
The United States, Brazil, and Mexico have the fourth-highest number of deaths from epidemics in the world, but the number of identified patients is the second largest in South Asia after the United States.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the states to resort to lockdown as a last resort to deal with the situation, even as the country is reeling from the second wave of coronavirus infections.
He made the comments during a statement to the state on Tuesday night, according to NDTV.
He said it was time to save the country from lockdown. He suggested identifying locally infected areas before taking a final measure like lockdown and taking action accordingly.
Maharashtra, the state’s wealthiest district, has the largest number of victims. It is followed by Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
Hospitals in the country’s capital, Delhi, have been hit by an oxygen crisis, but fears have eased after several major hospitals in the city received oxygen supplies, media reports said.