India’s capital New Delhi will extend its week-long lockdown as covid-19 crisis grows with infections and deaths hitting record highs.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday “We have decided to extend the lockdown by one week, the havoc of corona(virus) continues and there is no respite. Everyone is in favour of extending the lockdown”.
The announcement came as the healthcare system struggled to cope with the huge spike in cases, with reports of overwhelmed hospitals, severe oxygen and medicine shortages, and patients’ families pleading for help on social media.
India recorded 349,691 fresh cases and 2,767 deaths, the highest since the start of the pandemic.