The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu announced new lockdown measures on Saturday, with officials reporting record daily COVID-19 deaths across the country as cases continue to increase.
India’s Ministry of Health has reported 4,187 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to just under 240,000. Cases have increased by 401,078, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 21.9 million.
Tamil Nadu officials said the statewide lockdown would begin on Monday and last until May 24.
Neighboring Karnataka, home to India’s tech capital Bengaluru, announced Friday evening that it was extending movement restrictions, also until May 24.
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India brought the country’s healthcare system to the brink of collapse, with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen.
Mortuaries and crematoriums have struggled to cope with the number of dead and makeshift funeral pyres burned in parks and parking lots.
Medical experts say the actual number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is likely to be much higher than official figures.
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