Opposition Party in India Calls for Full Lockdown After Surpassing 20 Million COVID-19 Cases

India’s main opposition party has called for a full national lockdown shortly after the country surpassed 20 million COVID-19 cases on May 4.

“The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown,” Indian National Congress Party Leader Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, adding that the “inaction” of the government of India (GOI) “is killing many innocent people.”

“I just want to make it clear that a lockdown is now the only option because of a complete lack of strategy by GOI. They allowed, rather, they actively helped the virus reach this stage where there’s no other way to stop it. A crime has been committed against India,” Gandhi further said.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Nodi is reluctant to impose the nationwide lockdown due to the economic impact.

The calls for a nationwide lockdown shortly came after the health ministry recorded 357,229 new cases, bringing the total to 20,282,833.

India becomes the second country in the world after the United States to reach the 20-million milestone.

India’s second wave of cases is the biggest surge worldwide as it recorded 10 million cases in just over four months. It recorded its first 10 million in over 10 months.

A highly contagious variant of the virus first detected in the South Asian country has mainly driven the surge, overwhelming hospitals where supplies of medical oxygen have been drained.

The health ministry also recorded 3,449 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death tally to 224,408 — the third highest in the world after the U.S. and Brazil.

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