India's COVID-19 cases rise by over 400000 despite state lockdowns

India's COVID-19 deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday

India's COVID-19 deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday

India's daily rise in coronavirus cases retreated from the 400,000 mark on Monday, while its daily rise in deaths also fell after two straight days of more than 4,000 fatalities. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 30,37,50,077 samples have so far been tested for the viral disease across the country, including 14,74,606 on Sunday.

The publication branded the response by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government "inexcusable". Cases rose by 403,738, increasing the total since the start of the pandemic to 22.3 million. With the new infections, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country increased to 37,36,648.

India recorded 4,03,738 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, which pushed the tally to 2,22,96,414, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data updated on Sunday.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the umbrella body for all conventional doctors and surgeons, called for a "complete, well-planned, pre-announced" lockdown across the country instead of "sporadic" night curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a few days at a time.

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The dialogue was formed in 2014 and works to foster investment and trade between Australia and China and last met in 2017. The Australian dollar fell sharply on the news, and was as low as 0.7701 to the USA dollar from Wednesday's $0.7747.

Many patients are dying as oxygen and hospital beds remain in short supply. The health ministry reported 366,161 new Covid-19 infections and 3,754 more deaths.

Modi has already been battling criticism for allowing a huge gathering at a religious festival and holding large election rallies over the past two months even though COVID-19 cases were surging. On Friday, India recorded the highest ever 4,14,188 cases.

Since India opened vaccinations to all adults this month, the pace of administering the shots has dropped with states saying they only have limited stock to give out.

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