New Delhi prolongs quarantine after new record of coronavirus cases in India

India reported this Sunday about 350,000 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, a world record, after which the authorities decided to extend the confinement in the capital New Delhi for a week.

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“We have decided to extend the confinement for a week … The ravages of the coronavirus continue and there is no truce. Everyone agrees to extend the confinement ”, the capital’s head of government, Arvind Kejriwal, said in a video statement.

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The country, with 1.3 billion inhabitants, is facing a terrible wave of the virus with 349,691 new cases and 2,767 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which constitutes a national record since the beginning of the pandemic.

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The capital, with 20 million inhabitants, is the city hardest hit by the epidemic. His one-week confinement began last Monday to try to relieve pressure on hospitals, faced with a severe lack of oxygen.

The crisis once again brought to light the deterioration of the Indian health system, while the anger of those who accuse the federal government of a lack of preparation in the face of this epidemic wave increases.

In the last seven days, India has registered more than two million new cases, an increase of 58% over the previous week, according to data compiled by AFP.

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