India has reported 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – the highest one-day tally recorded anywhere in the world.

Deaths rose by 2,104 in the same time period, India’s worst daily toll.

It brings the country’s total confirmed cases close to 16 million, second only to the US.

India is in the grip of a vicious second wave and an acute oxygen shortage is raising more fears about its overwhelmed health care system.

It has led Delhi’s highest court to publicly criticise the central government for its handling of the oxygen crisis in the city.

“This is ridiculous. We want to know what the center is doing with regard to oxygen supply across India,” the judges said while reading out the verdict in a petition by the owner of six private hospitals.