India’s daily COVID-19 cases exceed 400,000 as the second wave worsens

New Delhi — The second wave of COVID-19 prevailing in India surpassed 400,000 new daily cases for the first time on Saturday.

Authorities have reported 401,993 new cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of days in the world after more than 300,000 for 10 consecutive days. According to federal health ministry data, COVID-19 deaths increased by 3,523 to a total of 211,853 casualties in India.

West Bengal, India, was unable to start a vaccination drive for adults between the ages of 18 and 45 on Saturday due to a shortage of shots and requested the federal government to provide additional supplies, state health said. Officials said. You are not allowed to talk to the media.

The state’s prime minister, who was hit hard in Delhi on Friday, begged people not to line up at the vaccination center and promised more vaccines to arrive “tomorrow or the next day.”

Orissa, eastern India, was commissioned on Friday for 150,000 shots, but said it could only shoot a few people due to blockade restrictions that hindered its movement.

Delhi still gasps

Meanwhile, a desperate COVID-19 patient continued to arrive at the hospital on Saturday, despite a shortage of beds.

The 62-year-old Vijay Gupta was out of breath because all 385 beds were full and turned his back on Holy Family Hospital, a non-profit private facility in the southeastern capital of India.

Waiting outside the hospital, his family and friends discussed what to do next.

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During the COVID-19 epidemic in Ghaziabad, India, on April 30, 2021, people with breathing problems receive free oxygen support outside Gurdwara (Sikh temple). (AdnanAbidi / Reuters)

“We’ve been walking around looking for a bed since 6am,” said Gupta’s friend Rajkumar Khandelwal. “Where should I go?”

A fire at a hospital about 115 miles south of Ahmedabad killed 16 patients and 2 staff treated for COVID-19. This is the latest in a series of fatal accidents in the hospital.

Modi condolences to the victims’ families on Twitter hours after posting a photo of her praying at a Sikh temple in the capital, New Delhi.

Travel restrictions

Due to the surge in incidents, US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India on Friday, banning most non-US citizens from entering the United States.

Australian officials said residents and citizens who stayed in India within 14 days of their planned return date would be banned from entering Australia from Monday, and those who did not comply would be fined and imprisoned.

Other countries and regions such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Singapore have also imposed travel restrictions on India, with Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand suspending all commercial travel with India.

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Alasdair Pal

The Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.

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