Indian government faces lockdown calls, contempt charges

Indian government faces lockdown calls, contempt charges

"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.

Medical experts say actual numbers in India could be five to 10 times higher than those reported.

With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 2,06,65,148.

Cricket officials suspended the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL), after the country added 10 million cases in just over four months, versus the more than 10 months taken for the first 10 million.

Covid-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India, which has seen people die due to bottled oxygen shortages or no access to overwhelmed hospitals.

A shipment of 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies from Kuwaiti reached India on Tuesday to help the country fight the second wave of coronavirus.

Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the opposition Congress party, said this week "a lockdown is now the only option because of a complete lack of strategy by the Indian government". Government modelling had pointed to a peak by Wednesday, a few days earlier than thought, since the virus has spread faster than expected.

At least three states, including Maharashtra, the richest and home to the commercial capital of Mumbai, reported scarcity of vaccines, shutting down some vaccination centres.

"4,06,339 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose of Covid vaccine across 12 States/UT".

"I am exhausted of standing in a queue".

In fact, the UK PM was very keen on visiting India and both times, in January and April, it got postponed due to the Covid pandemic. Public forecasts by its only two current vaccine producers show their total monthly output of 70-80 million doses would increase only in two months or more, although the number of people eligible for vaccines has doubled to an estimated 800 million since May 1.

Global aid continued to arrive in India today, with 545 oxygen concentrators from the United States landing, the fifth in a series of consignments carrying medical equipment.

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