India's daily coronavirus cases climb to new record

Trains, planes and trucks are being used by the Indian government to carry much-needed oxygen for COVID-19 patients.

This oxygen train, with Indian railways, is carrying supplies from the far corners of the country to the worst-affected Maharashtra state.

The country is in the grip of a rampaging second wave of the pandemic.

In Delhi, there's one COVID-19 death in just under every four minutes.

According to the health ministry on Saturday (April 24) , the country recorded over 340,000 overnight, making it the third consecutive day that India set a new world record for reported coronavirus cases.

Hospitals across the country are on the brink of collapse and in desperate need of oxygen supplies.

Dr. S.C.L Gupta is the managing director from Batra hospital in New Delhi:

"We have just received 500 litres of oxygen. This will last for maybe 30-45 minutes. The requirement for a day is 8,000 liters. We don't understand what to do with this 500 liters when we require up to 8,000 liters. We don't even know what we will get or what we will do after the half an hour is over. Even this 500 litres of oxygen, we have received after pleading for 12 hours."

The Indian government had itself declared it had beaten back the coronavirus in February when new cases fell to all-time lows.

However, health experts say the country became complacent as the government lift restrictions that allowed big social gatherings.

Others said that it could also be a more dangerous variant of the virus coursing through the world's second most populous country where people live in close proximity.