- World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said the coronavirus pandemic is a test that the world is failing, AFP reported. “More than four million [40 lakh] people have died and more continue to die,” he said in his address to the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo. “Already this year the number of deaths is more than double last year’s total. Anyone who thinks the pandemic is over is living in a fool’s paradise.”
- India’s coronavirus toll rose sharply on Wednesday by 3,998 to 4,18,480 as Maharashtra revised its figures. The state added 3,509 old fatalities to its toll. Overall, India recorded 42,015 new coronavirus infections, pushing the tally of cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in January to 3,12,16,337.
- The Opposition heavily criticised the Centre for claiming that states did not specifically report any deaths due to oxygen shortages during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. India struggled with a grave oxygen crisis in the second wave. The shortages of the life-saving gas forced families and friends of patients to plead for help on social media. Hospitals sent out SOS messages as their oxygen stocks ran dangerously low.
- At least five states, including those not ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, also claimed on Wednesday that there…
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