India recorded more than 300,000 new cases for the 12th straight day, bringing the country’s total infections to nearly 20 million.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party lost a key state in elections over the weekend amid mounting criticism of his handling of the country’s worsening Covid-19 crisis.
On Monday, India recorded more than 300,000 new cases for the 12th straight day, bringing the country’s total infections to nearly 20 million, according to Health Ministry figures. Experts fear that the real number may be 10 times higher in the nation of over 1.35 billion people.
The country also reported over 218,000 deaths Monday, the third highest death toll in the world after the United States and Brazil.
Hospitals across India have continued to grapple with a lack of medical oxygen supplies and beds in intensive care units, as entire families who’ve tested positive flood hospitals. This has left hospitals overwhelmed, with patients dying due to shortages in supplies.
Meanwhile, a court in New Delhi has said that it will punish government officials if allocated oxygen supplies are not delivered to hospitals, reported the Associated Press.
India, a country that has been manufacturing vaccines for the rest of the world, has been facing a shortage domestically. The government announced last week that vaccination centers in Mumbai had to shut because of a dwindling supply.