Pressure rises for India lockdown; surge breaks record again

Leaders call for national restrictions to stop the COVID-19 surge

By NEHA MEHROTRA and ASHOK SHARMA
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces growing pressure to impose a strict nationwide lockdown, despite the economic pain it will exact. The pressure Friday comes as a startling surge in coronavirus cases that has pummeled the country’s health system shows no signs of abating.

Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to stamp out the surge.

Indian television stations broadcast images of patients lying on stretchers outside hospitals waiting to be admitted, with hospital beds and critical oxygen in short supply. People infected with COVID-19 in villages are being treated in makeshift outdoor clinics, with IV drips hanging from trees.

5/7/2021 11:21:15 AM (GMT -7:00)