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Delhi goes into lockdown, UK PM cancels visit

Christian Fernsby |
India's capital region of Delhi ordered a six-day lockdown on Monday as daily COVID-19 cases nationwide hit a new record.

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India's hospitals are struggling with a shortage of beds, oxygen and key medicines as infections pass the 15 million mark, second only to the United States.

"Delhi's health system is unable to take more patients in big numbers," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told a virtual press briefing on Monday.

"If a lockdown isn't implemented now the situation will go beyond control."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled a planned trip to India next week due to the coronavirus, his office said.

Fewer than 100 critical care beds were available in the city of New Delhi, with a population of more than 20 million people, Kejriwal had said on Sunday, as social media was flooded with complaints.

Daily COVID-19 cases in India jumped a record 273,810 on Monday. Deaths rose a record 1,619 to 178,769.

Delhi goes into lockdown on Monday night.

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