India reports another record daily rise in COVID-19 deaths, as PM Narendra Modi becomes focus of mounting anger

India reports another record daily rise in COVID-19 deaths, as PM Narendra Modi becomes focus of mounting anger

India has recorded its highest daily death toll since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,780 people dying in 24 hours. The record came a day after India became the second country, after the United States, to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections. The surge of the highly infectious Indian variant of COVID-19 has seen hospitals run out of beds and oxygen, and left morgues and crematoriums overflowing. Two "oxygen express" trains reached the capital Delhi on Wednesday carrying desperately needed liquid oxygen, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Twitter. Over 25 trains have so far delivered oxygen to different parts of India. India's government says there are enough oxygen supplies, but says distribution has been hindered by transport problems. A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding almost daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life. India's surge in infections has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations due to supply and delivery problems. At least three states, including Maharashtra, home …
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