India on Tuesday handed the milestone of 20 million complete reported coronavirus instances, with many extra undetected, in accordance with consultants, amid rising requires a nationwide lockdown.

With these reported numbers, India grew to become the second nation after the US to cross 20 million infections. Though help has begun to pour in from different international locations, hospitals are nonetheless unable to assist lots of those that are critically sick, and households have been left to hunt for much-needed oxygen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been sharply criticized by many for underplaying the virus earlier this 12 months, and on Tuesday the opposition chief Rahul Gandhi stated a nationwide lockdown was desperately wanted, calling it “the one choice.”

Mr. Gandhi accused the authorities of serving to the virus unfold. “A criminal offense has been dedicated in opposition to India,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Indian Premier League introduced on Tuesday that it was suspending all of the remaining matches of the season after a number of gamers and employees examined constructive for the coronavirus. The league had drawn intense criticism for going forward with their matches in cities which have been among the many worst hit.

Made up of eight groups, the Indian Premier League is the most important cricket league on the earth.

Because the league’s season began final month, a few of the greatest cricket stars have traveled throughout the nation in so-called bubbles and performed in empty stadiums. However even the stringent security protocols couldn’t cease crew members from being contaminated. Not less than 5 folks on three groups have examined constructive. The competitors was scheduled to complete on the finish of the month.

“These are tough instances, particularly in India and whereas now we have tried to herald some positivity and cheer, nonetheless, it’s crucial that the event is now suspended and everybody goes again to their households and family members in these attempting instances,” the league stated in a statement.

India reported over 368,000 new instances and three,417 deaths on Monday. It has reported greater than 222,000 Covid-19 deaths, though actual figures are most likely much higher.

With help being shipped from international locations like the US and Britain, amongst others, there was hope amongst weary residents that the state of affairs may begin easing.

Eight oxygen generator crops from France, every of which might provide 250 hospital beds, had been earmarked for six hospitals in Delhi and one every in Haryana and Telangana, states in northern and southern India.

One of many turbines was put in on the Narayana hospital in Delhi inside hours of being delivered, in accordance with The Times of India. Italy has additionally donated an oxygen technology plant and 20 ventilators.