India says infections 'slowing down' as it passes 20 million cases

Coronavirus With 3,780 deaths India reports highest single day fatality count logs 3.8 lakh cases

Government modelling shows cases could peak by Wednesday this week, a few days earlier than a previous estimate, since the virus has spread faster than expected.

In the capital Delhi, an oxygen crunch has shown no signs of abating and people are struggling for treatment.

The latest wave of infections since April has pushed India's health care to the brink with people begging for oxygen cylinders and hospital beds on social media and news channels.

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding nearly daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life.

India's surge has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations, hit by problems with supplies and delivery.

There's hope in India's indigenous vaccine, which was found to neutralise a virulent Covid-19 variant circulating in 21 countries. This was ahead of a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

A total of seven ISO tankers with 20 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) each arrived from United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Mundra Port in Gujarat today to help augment India's oxygen availability in the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Religious festivals and political rallies have attracted tens of thousands of people in super spreader events.

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India has an estimated 3.45 million active cases, but medical experts say the actual numbers of dead and infected could be five to 10 times higher.

Cricket officials suspended the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL), after the country added 10 million cases in just over four months, versus the more than 10 months taken for the first 10 million. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 29,48,52,078 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to May 3 of which 15,41,299 samples were tested on Tuesday. The British Asian Trust has raised over £1.6 million in the last week through their emergency appeal and United Kingdom business leaders have mobilised in response to the Indian High Commission's request for vital equipment.

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