NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s capital New Delhi imposed a week-long lockdown which started last night, officials said, as the megacity struggles to contain a huge surge in COVID-19 cases with hospitals running out of beds and oxygen supplies low.
The nation of 1.3 billion people reported a record-high of 273,810 infections yesterday – the fifth consecutive day of over 200,000 cases – to take the total to just over
In Delhi – the worst-hit city in India – 25,500 fresh cases were reported on Sunday, with almost one-third of those tested returning positive coronavirus results.
“Delhi’s health system is at a tipping point. The COVID-19 situation is pretty critical,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a televised address.
“If we don’t impose a lockdown now, we will be looking at a bigger disaster. From tonight there will be a lockdown until next Monday.”