India COVID-19 deaths rise by over 4,000 for second consecutive day

India COVID-19 deaths rise by over 4,000 for second consecutive day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused to put a national lockdown in place.

"I believe several of the Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission".

Indian Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh disclosed that the Modi-led government at the Centre rejected the province's request to import liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from neighbouring Pakistan as the country faces a dire shortage amid record coronavirus cases and deaths, it emerged on Monday.

Nepali authorities said Sunday that they had recorded 8,850 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total Covid-19 cases to 394,66. The daily tally of new infections has topped 400,000 for four straight days. "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) called for a "complete, well-planned, pre-announced" lockdown instead of sporadic night curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a few days at a time.

The world's largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 34.3 million, or only 2.5%, of its 1.35 billion population as of Sunday, according to data from the government's Co-WIN portal.

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New Delhi, the capital, entered a fourth week of lockdown, with tougher curbs such as the shutdown of the suburban rail network, while residents scrambled for scarce hospital beds and oxygen supplies.

In a press release issued last week, the Punjab government said that despite the increasing caseload, the Punjab chief minister could not increase the number of level two and level three beds because of constraints hampering oxygen availability.

Others said that it could also be a more risky 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.

The report also said that the state's leaders had been pushing for an "oxygen corridor" from Pakistan as the graph of new Covid-19 relentlessly increased.

As a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of #COVID19, Pakistan has officially offered relief & support to #India, including ventilators, Bi PAP, digital X ray machines, PPEs & other related items.

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