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COVID-19 | India being overrun by its massive virus surge

India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony to many lives as lockdowns have been placed in Delhi and other cities.

April 22, 2021 / 01:40 PM IST
India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony to many lives as lockdowns have been placed in Delhi and other cities. (Image: AP)
India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony to many lives as lockdowns have been placed in Delhi and other cities. (Image: AP)
India’s Health Ministry reported 295,041 new cases on April 21 with 2,023 deaths, taking total fatalities to 182,553. India has since the start of the pandemic recorded 15.6 million cases, the second highest behind the United States. (Image: AP)
India’s Health Ministry reported 295,041 new cases on April 21 with 2,023 deaths, taking total fatalities to 182,553. India has since the start of the pandemic recorded 15.6 million cases, the second highest behind the United States. (Image: AP)
Newly reported cases have exceeded 200,000 each day for a week — with people being infected faster than they can be tested. (Image: AP)
Newly reported cases have exceeded 200,000 each day for a week — with people being infected faster than they can be tested. (Image: AP)
“This time, infection is spreading so fast that people are not getting time to get medicines. Many people are dying before we can get a test report,” said Dr. S K Pandey of Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (Image: AP)
“This time, infection is spreading so fast that people are not getting time to get medicines. Many people are dying before we can get a test report,” said Dr. S K Pandey of Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (Image: AP)
Many have blamed politicians for allowing super-spreader events such as mass gatherings to take place. (Image: AP)
Many have blamed politicians for allowing super-spreader events such as mass gatherings to take place. (Image: AP)
Many have blamed politicians for allowing super-spreader events such as mass gatherings to take place. (Image: AP)
Many have blamed politicians for allowing super-spreader events such as mass gatherings to take place. (Image: AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as well as opposition politicians took part in mass election rallies in five populous states with tens of thousands of supporters not wearing masks or social distancing. (Image: AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as well as opposition politicians took part in mass election rallies in five populous states with tens of thousands of supporters not wearing masks or social distancing. (Image: AP)
Tens of thousands of farmers protesting new agricultural reform laws have been camping on the outskirts of the Indian capital in crowded tents and makeshift townships since November. (Image: AP)
Tens of thousands of farmers protesting new agricultural reform laws have been camping on the outskirts of the Indian capital in crowded tents and makeshift townships since November. (Image: AP)
PM Modi tried to boost spirits in a nationwide address on the night of April 20 by saying the government and the pharmaceutical industry were stepping up efforts to meet the shortages of hospital beds, oxygen, tests and vaccines. (Image: AP)
PM Modi tried to boost spirits in a nationwide address on the night of April 20 by saying the government and the pharmaceutical industry were stepping up efforts to meet the shortages of hospital beds, oxygen, tests and vaccines. (Image: AP)
But, he admitted, the "surge in infections has come like a storm and a big battle lies ahead.” (Image: AP)
But, he admitted, the "surge in infections has come like a storm and a big battle lies ahead.” (Image: AP)
Associated Press
first published: Apr 22, 2021 01:40 pm

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