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India's coronavirus infection count passes 20 mil.

India's coronavirus infection count passes 20 mil.”

India has added around eight million new cases since the end of March in a ferocious new wave blamed on virus variants and the government having allowed most activities to resume as well as huge religious and political gatherings.

India also recorded 3,82,315 new coronavirus cases in a day, said the Union health ministry today. Experts believe both figures are an undercount. Many people have died due to a lack of proper treatment.

Two "oxygen express" trains reached the capital Delhi on Wednesday carrying desperately needed liquid oxygen, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Twitter. Those found guilty face six months in prison or a fine.

"These are hard times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times", the IPL said in a statement.

The grim reality is that hospitals are reducing the number of beds and asking patients to move elsewhere, the judges said. "Two oxygen generators (each enough to supply small hospitals) plus hundreds of ventilators, mask ventilators and oxygen concentrators", he said. Many people have died in ambulances and vehicle parks waiting for a bed or oxygen.

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.

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"Each and every one of the more than 6,500 jobs we have announced today will help families and communities build back from coronavirus and boost the British and Indian economies". Modi said last month that it should be the last resort.

The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with 200 million people, implemented a five-day lockdown this week.

India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, almost doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially passed 220,000.

Efforts to scale up the vaccination drive are hampered by the shortage of doses.

A four-day trip was then scheduled in April before being cut back to just one day in Delhi, before being postponed indefinitely last month, with India subsequently added to the UK's travel red list.

This includes some £240 million investment by the Serum Institute of India, supporting clinical trials, research and possibly the manufacturing of vaccines.



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