Modi has already been battling criticism for allowing a huge gathering at a religious festival and holding large election rallies over the past two months even though COVID-19 cases were surging.
But pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown similar to the one imposed during the first wave past year. He pointed out that "oxygen was being supplied in tankers from Panipat, around 350 kilometres from Amritsar, while the Pakistani city of Lahore was just 50 km away", The Wire reported.
The Wire report also said that the Indian government's rejection of an oxygen corridor from Pakistan seems similar to its refusal of Islamabad's offer of aid.More news: Israeli-Palestinian Clashes Escalate In Ramadan Night Violence At Al-Aqsa Mosque
Last month, Pakistan offered medical supplies to India, including ventilators, Bi PAP, digital X-ray machines, personal protective equipment and other related items.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed solidarity with the people of India. Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighbourhood & the world.
The Lancet said the crisis has not been equally distributed, with states such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra unprepared for the sudden spike in cases, quickly running out of medical oxygen, hospital space, and overwhelming the capacity of cremation sites, and with some state governments threatening those asking for oxygen or a hospital bed with national security laws.More news: China's Long March rocket debris not "out of control"
The numbers brought the overall caseload to over 22 million and the death toll to 242,362 in the country reeling under the second wave of the pandemic, data released by the federal Health Ministry showed.
Nepali authorities said Sunday that they had recorded 8,850 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total Covid-19 cases to 394,66. The figure compared with a daily average of 1.7 million for the first eight days of May.
India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown. "Despite repeated warnings, it hardly did anything to tackle the second wave".More news: White House to shift COVID-19 vaccine to states with more need
World Health Organization emergencies director Mike Ryan said reducing transmission in India would be a "very hard task" but the government was working on limiting mixing between people, which he said was essential.