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US steps in as India hits Covid record — nearly 350,000 new cases in a day

The US is also being urged to release unused vaccines as Indian hospitals run out of oxygen and beds

Sanjeev Miglani and Sudarshan Varadhan

India set a new global record of the most number of coronavirus infections in a day, as the US said it was racing to send help to the country.

India’s number of cases surged by 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks, and hospitals in Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.

“Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific Covid-19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s healthcare heroes,” US secretary of state Anthony Blinken said on Twitter...

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