Health officials said at a press conference on Wednesday that the proportion of highly infectious British mutants has decreased while the number of so-called double mutants, first found in India, has increased over the last month and a half.
India's health ministry reported 4,092 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 242,362. All central and state government hospitals managing COVID patients have been directed to ensure that no patient is refused admission due to lack of a valid identity card and a positive test report for coronavirus, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. Cases rose by 403,738, increasing the total since the start of the pandemic to 22.3 million.
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month to stem the surge in infections while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.
As many hospitals grapple with an acute shortage of oxygen and beds while morgues and crematoriums overflow, experts have said India's actual figures could be far higher than reported.
In recent days, many states in India have declared lockdowns as opposition leaders urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce nationwide curbs.
A patient breathes with the help of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, India on May 7, 2021 amid a rise in coronavirus cases across the country. The daily tally of new infections has topped 400,000 for four straight days.
"I believe several of the Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission".
"You've got to shut down", Fauci said on ABC's "This Week" television show.
While more than half of Indian states and union territories have implemented their own shutdowns to deal with the second wave, there are intensifying demands for India to impose a second national lockdown.
The world's largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 34.3 million, or only 2.5%, of its 1.35 billion population as of Sunday, according to data from the government's Co-WIN portal.
As a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of #COVID19, Pakistan has officially offered relief & support to #India, including ventilators, Bi PAP, digital X ray machines, PPEs & other related items.
On Monday, US company Eli Lilly and Co said it signed licensing deals with Indian drugmakers, such as Cipla Ltd, Lupin and Sun Pharma to make and sell its arthritis drug baricitinib for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.