India exceeded 20 million cases of COVID-19 this Tuesday, specifically 20,282,833 after 357,229 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours, as reported by health officials.
On the final day, 3,449 new deaths from the disease were also regretted, a figure that puts the total death toll from the coronavirus at 222,408.
The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that there are 3,447,133 active cases of the virus to date, while 16,613,292 patients have overcome COVID-19 (320,289) in the last day.
India has discovered more than 300,000 cases per day for 13 days in a row, surpassing the almost daily record of positives and deaths in just 24 hours. Despite this critical situation, which has put the entire international community on high alert, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to implement a nationwide lockdown.
In fact, two weeks ago he urged states to assess a possible restriction as a “last resort”, even though the escalation of the health crisis has led much of society, including Modi’s political allies or business leaders, to take more restrictive measures.
Regarding the international community, numerous countries have sent aid to the Asian country, while “the United Nations team is helping the authorities fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including combating disinformation,” reported UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric .
This team is working to promote the “Verified” campaign, sponsored by General Secretary António Guterres, to “provide reliable information and advice on saving lives”. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continues to help with the national vaccination strategy.
They also work with community radio stations across the country to reach more than 17 million people in rural areas, how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of vaccines.
For his part, US President Joe Biden has announced that he will be sending four large cargo planes with “critical supplies” to help the authorities cope with the dire situation.