India Hits New Record of Covid Cases

The Indian capital, New Delhi, extended the closure on Sunday as the country's Covid-19 crisis escalated, reaching a record high for infections and deaths.

The vast nation of 1.3 billion people recorded 349,691 new cases and 2,767 deaths, the highest since the pandemic began.

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The northern mega phat - home to 20 million people and the hardest hit in India - set a week on Monday as hospital beds and oxygen supplies ran out.

"We have decided to extend the block for one week," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a video statement.

"The destruction of the corona (virus) continues and there is no respite. Everyone supports the extension of the block."

The announcement came as the health care system struggled to cope with the huge increase in cases of overcrowded hospitals, severe oxygen, and drug shortages, and patients' families asking for help on social networks.

The government is increasingly criticizing allegations that it was under-prepared before the attacks.

On Sunday, Twitter confirmed that at the request of the Indian government, it has detained dozens of tweets criticizing the ongoing crisis.

The social media giant said tweets in India were blocked following a legitimate request from Delhi, several months after similar measures were taken against comments criticizing the government's new agricultural laws, which sparked violent protests.

Some tweets include remarks, including from regional opposition legislators, about the overwhelmed healthcare system in which patients die of lack of oxygen.

"When we receive a valid legal request, we review it in accordance with both Twitter regulations and local laws," the Twitter statement said.

"If the content violates Twitter's terms, the content will be removed from the service. If it is found to be illegal in certain jurisdictions, but it does not violate Twitter's terms, we may restrict access to the content only in India."

In the last seven days, India has registered more than two million cases - 58 percent more than in the previous week, according to data compiled by AFP.

Other Indian cities subject to blockade, night curfews or other restrictions to try to curb the spread of the virus include the financial center of Mumbai.

The government has stepped up efforts to secure oxygen supply through special trains and other countries' container air transport.

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