NEW DELHI (A.P.) —reported more than 200,000 new Thursday, skyrocketing past 14 million overall as an intensifying outbreak puts a grim weight on its fragile health care system. In New Delhi’s capital, more than a dozen hotels and wedding banquet halls were ordered to be converted into . “The surge is alarming,” said S.K. Sarin, a government in New Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s top elected official, announced weekend curfews to break the chain of infections in the capital, which added 17,282 newin the previous 24 hours. He said that trips to railway stations, hospitals, and airports will be allowed as essential services, but shopping malls, gymnasiums, spas, and auditoriums must close. He also spoke 5,000 are available, and more capacity is being added, so there was no bed shortage in the capital.
The bustle of India’s biggest city and financial capital, Mumbai, ebbed under lockdown-like curbs to curb the. The action imposed by the worst-hit Wednesday night closed most industries, businesses, and public places and limited the movement of people for 15 days, but didn’t stop train and air services. Recently, hauling backpacks have swarmed overcrowded trains leaving Mumbai, an exodus among panic-stricken day laborers.
In addition to the 200,739 new cases of infection, the Health Ministry also reported 1,038 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking. , and its deaths are fourth behind the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico. The actual numbers may be much higher with limited testing among nearly 1.4 billion people. Shahid Jamil, a virologist, said the recent local and state elections with massive political rallies and a major Hindu festival with hundreds of thousands of devotees bathing in the Ganges river in the northern city of Haridwar were .
drive. The Health Ministry said the total , with more than 3 million doses administered on Wednesday. Hospitals in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and several other states were overwhelmed with patients, with several hospitals cylinders. Cremation and burial grounds in the worst-hit area also were finding it difficult to cope with the increasing number of bodies arriving for last rites, Indian said.
Imran Sheikh, a resident of the western city of Pune, said hospital authorities asked him to arrange an oxygen gas cylinder for his relative undergoing. New Delhi and dozens of other cities and towns imposed night curfews as they battled an that almost doubled within 11 days. When infections began plummeting in India in September, many concluded the worst had passed. Masks and were abandoned. When again in February, authorities were left scrambling.
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