Daily COVID-19 Cases In India Top 400,000 As Second Wave Worsens By Reuters

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By Sankalp Phartiyal and Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India recorded more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Saturday as it battles a devastating second wave, and the country’s new massive vaccination campaign was hampered in some areas because of the shortage of shots. Authorities reported 401,993 new cases in the last 24 hours, after 10 consecutive days of more than 300,000 daily cases. Deaths increased by 3,523, bringing the total death toll to 211,853, according to the federal Health Ministry. Rising infections have overwhelmed hospitals, morgues and crematoriums and left families struggling for scarce medicines and oxygen. And while India is the world’s largest producer of COVID-19 vaccines, shortages of injections in some states hampered the opening of vaccines to all adults. The state of West Bengal was unable to launch a campaign targeting adults between the ages of 18 and 45 due to vaccine shortages and urged the federal government to provide more supplies, said a senior state health official, who declined to be named because he did not. he was authorized to do so. talk to the media. Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of the state of Delhi, which has been badly affected, urged people on Friday not to queue at vaccination centers, promising that more vaccines would arrive “tomorrow or the day after.” The state of Eastern Odisha said on Friday that it had received a shipment of 150,000 shots, but that it would only allow a few people to be shot due to blocking restrictions preventing movement. In Ahmedabad, the main commercial city of Gujarat’s home state of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hundreds of people lined up to be shot. “I took my first dose and I am calling on all students to get vaccinated and be safe,” said Raj Shah, a 27-year-old student from the city. India has received 150,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia with millions more to follow, a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. DELHI KEEPS LIKE A shortage of medical oxygen has plagued the medical system. At New Delhi’s Batra Hospital, local media reported that eight people, including a doctor, died on Saturday after the facility ran out of oxygen. “Delhi required 976 tons of oxygen and yesterday only 312 tons of oxygen were given. How does Delhi breathe with so little oxygen?” Prime Minister Kejriwal tweeted. At a hearing on Saturday, the Delhi high court took note of the deaths at Batra Hospital and told the federal government to arrange for Delhi to be given the assigned oxygen supply. “Enough is enough,” Judge Vipin Sanghi said. The attorney for the federal government told the court: “We are doing the maximum that human limits can go.” Desperate coronavirus patients continued to arrive in hospitals despite a shortage of beds. Gasping for air, 62-year-old Vijay Gupta was turned away by Holy Family Hospital, a private nonprofit facility in the southeast of the capital, as all of its 385 beds were taken. His family and friends debated what to do next. “We have been wandering since 6 am looking for a bed,” said Gupta’s friend Rajkumar Khandelwal. “Where will we go?” A fire at a hospital about 190 km (115 miles) south of Ahmedabad killed 16 coronavirus patients and two staff members, the latest in a series of fatal accidents at hospitals. The Delhi government said it will extend the blockade it first imposed for a week on April 19 for another seven days. WARNING SIGNS ARE IGNORED Daily infections have skyrocketed since early April. Some experts blame mass religious gatherings and political rallies for the severity of India’s second wave, which caught the government off guard. A forum of scientific advisers set up by the Modi administration warned officials in early March about a new and more contagious variant taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters. Four of the scientists said that despite the warning, the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. Millions, largely unmasked, attended religious gatherings and election rallies organized by Modi, leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition politicians. The surge in India came as many countries are watching the pandemic die down. US President Joe Biden on Friday banned most travel from India in restrictions that take effect from Tuesday. Other countries and territories have also imposed travel restrictions on India, including Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Singapore. Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand have suspended all commercial travel with India.