Indian government faces lockdown calls, contempt charges

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The UK and India already have a close and enduring relationship - in the last week the UK has sent £6 million worth of medical supplies to help India's fight against Covid.

Meanwhile, India administered 15,89,32,921 anti-Covid shots, with 17,08,390 jabs given in a single day till 8:00 AM Tuesday.

By 2030 "we will double the value of our trading partnership with India and take the relationship between our two countries to new highs", Johnson said. The country also witnessed as many as 3,38,439 recoveries taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,69,51,731.

The surge of the highly infectious Indian variant of the coronavirus has seen hospitals runs out of beds and oxygen and left morgues and crematoriums overflowing.

India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, almost doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially passed 220,000. Many people have died due to a lack of proper treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown for fear of the economic fallout, but several states have imposed social curbs.

Rows of funeral pyres set up in parks and other open spaces are being used to cremate the overflow of corpses.

Offering a glimmer of hope, coronavirus cases in some regions were plateauing, a federal health ministry official said on Monday. Government modelling had pointed to a peak by Wednesday, a few days earlier than thought, since the virus has spread faster than expected.

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India's surge has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations, hit by problems with supplies and delivery.

On Monday the state had injected 79,491 doses, down from a record 534,372 a week ago.

In Modi's home state of Gujarat, the three largest cities of Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara limited vaccines to the 18-44 age group, officials said.

"I am exhausted of standing in a queue".

"Each and every one of the more than 6,500 jobs we have announced today will help families and communities build back from coronavirus and boost the British and Indian economies".

This includes some £240 million investment by the Serum Institute of India, supporting clinical trials, research and possibly the manufacturing of vaccines.

Worldwide aid continued to arrive in India on Tuesday, with 545 oxygen concentrators from the United States landing, the fifth in a series of consignments carrying medical equipment.

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