Covid-19 In India: Calls Widen For National Lockdown As Infections And Deaths Touch Record Highs

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has already advised Indian authorities to impose nationwide lockdwon.

Covid-19 infections and deaths in India held close to record daily highs on Monday. This has led to increasing calls for nationwide lockdown to break the chain of infections.

The 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths reported by the health ministry were off a little from recent peaks, taking India’s tally to 22.66 million with 246,116 deaths as hospitals run out of oxygen and beds and morgues and crematoria overflow.

Sunday’s 1.47 million tests for COVID-19 were this month’s lowest yet, data from the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research showed. The figure compared with a daily average of 1.7 million for the first eight days of May.

The number of positive results from the tests was not immediately clear, however.

Many states have imposed strict lockdowns over the last month while others have placed curbs on movement and shut cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.

But pressure is mounting on the central government to announce a nationwide lockdown once again.

The central government had already faced severe criticism for allowing huge gatherings at Kumbh Mela, and holding large election rallies during the past two months even as cases surged.

“A failure of governance of epic and historic proportions,” Vipin Narang, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, said on Twitter.

Sonia Gandhi has accused the government for abdicating its responsibility by leaving vaccinations to states.

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