India's Covid 19 cases have leapt significantly to a record 273,810 on Monday as the country battles with bed and oxygen supplies shortages. The daily positive rate has doubled from 8% to 16.7% in just 12 days. In response to the reports of oxygen supply shortages, Union Health Minister Piyush Goyal has advised the states to maintain the "demand under control" by restraining the speedy upsurge of the cases in the second wave. "State governments should keep demand (for medical oxygen) under control. The demand-side management is as important as supply-side management. Containing COVID-19 spread is the responsibility of state governments and, they should fulfil this responsibility," Mr. Goyal advised.