India halts cricket league as coronavirus cases cross 20 mln

Coronavirus With 3,780 deaths India reports highest single day fatality count logs 3.8 lakh cases

The bodies of covid patients get cremated at the Sahudangi Crematoriu near Siliguri West Bengal on Tuesday. | Diptendu Dutta AFP

Daily Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours to 8 AM on Tuesday came in at 3,449, official data showed. "We are not going to take no for an answer", Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said.

Meanwhile, Downing Street said British businesses have secured export deals with India worth more than £446 million, which is expected to create more than 400 British jobs.

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. Many people have died due to a lack of proper treatment. The country's second and third most populated states of Maharashtra and Bihar are also under lockdown with varying curbs.

Rows of funeral pyres in parks and carparks cremate the overflow of corpses.

Offering a glimmer of hope, the health ministry said positive cases relative to the number of tests fell on Monday for the first time since at least April 15.

"I am exhausted of standing in a queue".

A total of seven ISO tankers with 20 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) each arrived from United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Mundra Port in Gujarat today to help augment India's oxygen availability in the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic. "If I don't get it then, I will give up", said Anil Rajapure, a 49-year-old farmer in Maharashtra's Satara town, who has failed to get his first vaccine shot after three attempts due to either stocks running out or not arriving. Public forecasts by its only two current vaccine producers show their total monthly output of 70-80 million doses would increase only in two months or more, although the number of people eligible for vaccines has doubled to an estimated 800 million since May 1. Just 9.5% of the population of 1.35 billion has received a dose.

Pfizer has told India there was no concern over the safety of its product, as authorities insist on small local trials for foreign vaccines despite a record surge in infections and shortage of doses.

The United States, Britain, Germany and several other nations are rushing therapeutics, rapid virus tests and oxygen to India, along with some materials needed for India to boost its domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines.

Among global aid supplies that flowed in on Tuesday were 545 oxygen concentrators from the United States, in its fifth consignment of medical equipment.

At least one vaccine dose for 70% of adults by July 4