India's COVID-19 cases rise by over 400000 despite state lockdowns


The health ministry reported 4,092 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 242,362. With an acute shortage of oxygen and beds in many hospitals and morgues and crematoriums overflowing, experts have said the actual numbers for COVID-19 cases and fatalities could be far higher.

India has become a global epicentre of the coronavirus, accounting for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths, the World Health Organization's weekly epidemiological report said last week.

The number of positive results from the tests was not immediately clear, however.

Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.

Singh had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah last week, asking them to "immediately allocate" an additional 50 metric tonnes of oxygen as well as 20 tankers to transport oxygen from Bokaro to the province.

Modi has already been battling criticism for allowing a huge gathering at a religious festival and holding large election rallies over the past two months even though COVID-19 cases were surging.

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Criticising the government, Vipin Narang - a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States - said that it's "a failure of governance of epic and historic proportions". "If this happens, the government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe".

India has seen over 400,000 daily infections for the fifth time in a week and over 4,000 deaths for the second consecutive day. The oxygen will be distributed to hospitals through the Indian government. "This is an emergent need to save the people of the state", Jakhar said, according to the Indian Express. "And one of the ways to do that is to shut down", Fauci said on ABC's "This Week" television program.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also called for a national lockdown, Reuters reported.

Others said that it could also be a more unsafe variant of the virus coursing through the world's second-most populous country where people live in close proximity, often six to a room.

Organizers of the popular and lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament conceded the remaining games would have to be played overseas after having suspended the contest over the virus this month.

Hitting out at the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government's "repeated chest-thumping" at receiving foreign aid to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the country is pathetic and had it done its job, it would not have come to this.