COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge as India Crosses 20-Million Mark

India's Second Covid Wave Leaves Another 7 Million People Jobless

Government modelling had pointed to a peak by Wednesday, a few days earlier than thought, since the virus has spread faster than expected.

The New Delhi High Court will decide whether to press contempt charges against officials for defying its order to meet oxygen requirements of more than 40 hospitals in the capital. Many people have died in ambulances and auto parks waiting for a bed or oxygen.

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding nearly daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life. That visit was cancelled due to surging COVID-19 cases in India.

India's government says there are enough oxygen supplies but distribution has been hindered by transport problems.

However, Covaxin, which was approved for emergency use on January 3, while still under clinical trial, has been found to neutralise the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19.

At least three Indian states, including the richest state of Maharashtra which includes Mumbai, continued to report vaccine scarcity, shutting down some of its vaccination centres.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting today to agree a deeper relationship between the United Kingdom and India across trade, health, climate and defence. Religious festivals and political rallies have attracted tens of thousands of people in super spreader events.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown due to the economic fallout, yet several states have imposed various social restrictions.

"We need a government. We are dying." wrote Indian author Arundhati Roy in an opinion piece published on Tuesday calling for Mr Modi to step down. You can not solve it. It is the most responsible thing for you to do. Today our Prime Ministers have set an ambitious target of doubling trade by 2030 and announcing £1 billion of new trade and investment. The country also witnessed as many as 3,38,439 recoveries taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,69,51,731.

"Without drastic measures to bolster the health system to deal with this onslaught, decreased social mixing, and increased effective face mask use, the situation now looks quite grim for India", said an updated country-specific policy briefing from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a widely regarded independent research wing of the University of Washington based in Seattle.

A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit walks inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi April 27, 2021.

The institute reportedly also projected that India will report over 1 million (10 lakh) deaths by the start of August.

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