Deaths from COVID-19 in India rose by more than 4,000 for a second day in a row on Sunday as calls for a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus intensified.
India’s Ministry of Health reported 4,092 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 242,362. New cases increased by 403,738, just below the record and bringing the total from the start pandemic to 22.3 million.
India has been hit hard by a second wave of COVID-19 with cases and deaths reaching record levels every two days. With an acute shortage of oxygen and beds in many hospitals and morgues and crematoriums overflowing, experts said the actual number of COVID-19 cases and deaths could be much higher.
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month to stem the spike in infections, while others have announced restrictions on public movement and closed cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.
But pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a national lockdown similar to the one imposed in the first wave last year.
India announced its highest single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Saturday, at 4,187 deaths. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will experience 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by August. Read more
Support is pouring in from around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment for overwhelmed hospitals.
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