In an address to the nation on Tuesday night, prime minister Narendra Modi called on states to enforce lockdown restrictions only as a “last resort”, and said that efforts were being made to restart dedicated Covid emergency hospitals operated by the federal authorities.
But there was a backlash online from those asking whether the government is doing enough in a country that has become the new global epicentre for the pandemic.
Hospitals in many states are now overrun, with Delhi’s major facilities - the best in the country - warning of imminent oxygen shortages in the coming hours and saying “people will die” as a result.
India’s tally for cases throughout the pandemic now stands at more than 15.6 million, second only to the US, with total deaths reaching 182,553.
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