India on Thursday reported 4,12,262 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
The decision by Walmart came as India continues to witness a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, crippling its health facilities, especially the supply of oxygen.
In a statement, the former Union minister held the Centre "fully responsible" for the oxygen crisis and demanded, without naming Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, that he be sacked immediately.
Active cases have surpassed the 19-lakh mark, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
Vardhan said about 1.58 crore doses are still available with the states while another 1.16 crore doses are in pipeline, to be delivered by next week.
Congress' senior spokesperson P Chidambaram said the prime minister should be at his job, sitting at his desk and coordinating with chief ministers in handling the COVID pandemic.
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Making a host of suggestions to the government, Gandhi said the Centre must also reconsider its priority of candidates for vaccination.
A total of 10,85,33,085 vaccine doses have been administered through 16,08,448 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Tuesday.
India has reported 1,61,736 new COVID19 cases, 97,168 discharges and 879 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Speaking to reporters, Raut said Maharashtra had followed every instruction issued by the Centre, and the latter must act sensitively and cautiously and stop blaming states.
The US has the highest number of cases at 3,11,98,055 while globally 13,61,36,954 cases have been reported.
Sputnik V is likely to be imported from Russia initially for emergency use in the country, government sources said.
The IPL begins on Friday with a mouth-watering clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
It was pointed out that the situation was particularly worrying in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh.
The death toll increased to 1,60,949 with 257 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed