Facing 2,767 fatal accidents in the last 24 hours, the country reported its highest daily death for the ninth consecutive day.
A country of 1.3 billion people has entered one million new cases in the last three days, with 192,311 deaths including 16.9 million recorded cases of its coronovirus.
But Sunday’s numbers, which according to John Hopkin University’s CNN data, represent the highest caseload ever recorded in a single day anywhere in the world, tell a different story.
Germany and South Korea announced new travel restrictions for India starting Sunday, amid growing concern over the first identified B.1.617 coronavirus variant in the country, including several mutations. The Indian Ministry of Health has stated that such mutations increase infectiousness and aid in avoiding the immune response.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted, “To not jeopardize our vaccination campaign, travel to India should be severely restricted.” From Sunday night, German nationals with only a negative Kovid-19 test will be allowed to enter the country from India and have to quarantine immediately upon arrival for 14 days.
“South Korean nationals will be allowed flights but at a limited capacity,” South Korean health officer Son Young-ryu said in a briefing.
Modi: ‘This storm shook the country’
India’s second wave, which began in mid-March, moves forward with the country’s own vaccination program. On Saturday, the Ministry of Health said it had administered more than 140 million doses of vaccines against Kovid-19 – and 2.4 million people in the last 24 hours.
Despite the highest number of coronavirus vaccines in the world after the United States and China, according to CNN data, India has fewer per capita vaccinations than many countries.
The country announced on Monday that the Kovid-19 vaccine, starting May 1, will be eligible for those 18 years of age or older. Private vaccination providers will also be able to charge and provide the vaccine.
In his monthly radio program, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday emphasized the importance of vaccination and referred to the second Kovid-19 wave as a “storm” that “shook the nation.”
“I am speaking to you at a time when Kovid-19 is testing our patience and ability to bear the pain. Many of our loved ones have left us untimely. After successfully dealing with the first wave, the nation’s morale. Was high. ” It was reassuring. But this storm has shaken the country, ”Modi said.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent his support to the people of India.
“Our heart goes out in the midst of the terrible Kovid-19 outbreak for the Indian people,” Sec. Palak tweeted. “We are working closely with our partners in the Government of India, and will increasingly provide additional support to the people of India and India’s healthcare heroes.”
The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to impose restrictions on the export of supplies that the Indian vaccine says are needed to increase production.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India, which built the Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, urged President Joe Biden to lift Embargo, which was implemented by former President Donald Trump at the start of the epidemic under the Defense Production Act. Biden has been under a ban since February to boost domestic vaccine production.
“If we are truly united in killing the virus on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the US, I humbly request you to lift the ban on raw material exports from the US to accelerate vaccine production. Your administration is . ” Details, ”he tweeted.
Private companies in India take steps to address the lack of oxygen
As the cases of Kovid-19 are increasing and India is constantly facing a lack of oxygen, private companies are stepping up to lend their support.
On Saturday, Sahil Barua, co-founder and CEO of Indian courier company Delhivari, announced that the company, along with its airline partners, would import oxygen concentrations and other essential commodities.
“We are blowing up charters in India with oxygen concentrations and other essential supplies and can build more capacity on demand,” Barua posted on LinkedIn.
Many industrial players are also producing oxygen in order to overcome the lack of oxygen.
The Steel Authority of India, along with private steel giants Jindal Steel & Power and the Tata group, the country’s largest industrial conglomerate, has been supplying oxygen to the affected states.
Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Steel & Power, tweeted in one of several posts, “Tankers are refilled and being shipped from our oxygen plant. We will remove #Oxygen shortage.”
“Medical oxygen is critical to the treatment of Kovid-19 patients. Responding to national urgency, we are supplying 200-300 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen per day to various state governments and hospitals. We are together in this fight and Definitely will win. This! ”Tweeted Tata Steel, a subsidiary of the group, on 18 April.
The Tata group also posted pictures on Twitter of four cryogenic oxygen containers imported from Singapore, which were flown by the Indian Air Force on Saturday. It is importing 24 cryogenic containers for the transportation of liquid oxygen, according to a tweet on 20 April and helps to reduce the oxygen shortage in the country.
On Thursday, the Home Ministry of India issued an order banning the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes.
CNN’s Sugam Pokharel from Atlanta and Helen Regan from Hong Kong wrote. This report was contributed by CNN’s Yungjung Seo and his coupler.