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News18 Afternoon Digest: With 39,305 Cases, Karnataka Reports Highest Infections in Country; Pfizer Expanded to US Children as Young as 12

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Here are the top stories of this afternoon: 11 Covid-19 Patients Die After Oxygen Supply Breakdown in Tirupati; With 39,305 Cases, Karnataka Reports Highest Infections in Country; Himanta Biswa Sarma 7th Cotton College Alumnus to Become Assam CM; Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Expanded to US Children as Young as 12; Radhe's Box Office Collection will be Zero, I Apologise to Theatre Owners: Salman Khan; As Clashes Erupt Around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, All You Need to Know.

11 Covid-19 Patients Die After Oxygen Supply Breakdown in Tirupati, Videos Capture Horror

Eleven Covid-19 patients died at SVRR government general hospital in Tirupati on Thursday evening after a breakdown in oxygen supply, resulting in shortage. At least 13 patients who are being treated in the ICU ward currently are said to be critical. Chaos and panic ensued when patients were gasping for breath as their relatives rushed inside the ICU wards with Ambu bags, hand fans to revive them. Videos emerging from the hospital showed several patients lying lifeless on their beds even as the hospital staff struggled to install half-filled oxygen cylinders beside patients who were hyperventilating. Attendants claim patients were left without oxygen for nearly 45 minutes. READ MORE

With 39,305 Cases, Karnataka Reports Highest Infections in Country, Pips Maharashtra to Occupy Top Spot

Karnataka on Monday recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the country pushing Maharashtra at the second spot for the first time since February when the country went under the grip of the second wave. Karnataka registered 39,305 cases on Monday while Maharashtra recorded its lowest single day Covid tally at 37,236 for the first time in 41 days. Karnataka’s total caseload went up to 19,73,683, while it recorded 596 more deaths. READ MORE

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‘Watershed Moment’: Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Expanded to US Children as Young as 12

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Radhe’s Box Office Collection will be Zero, I Apologise to Theatre Owners: Salman Khan

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As Clashes Erupt Around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, All You Need to Know About the Recent Violence

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