COVID-19 Updates: Second wave is Modi-made disaster, says Mamata Banerjee

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A notice informing about the shortage of the COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on the gate of a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India on April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sharpened her attack against the prime minister over the resurgence of COVID-19 in the country calling it 'Modi-made disaster' and demanded that he quit if he cannot provide adequate medicine to fight the disease. A total of 2,95,041 fresh infections were registered in a span of 24 hours, while the active cases crossed the 21-lakh mark.

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She alleged that 65 per cent of the drugs manufactured in the country for tackling the pandemic have been exported.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee said "The country is facing Modi-made disaster. Modi Babu will have to take responsibility of why medicines to treat COVID-19 are not available in the market ... You have to provide medicines or leave the seat. Either you control Corona or move out."

She alleged that 65 per cent of drugs manufactured in the country to treat coronavirus have been exported. Medicines may be given to other countries, but it has to be also ensured that people of the country get adequate supply.

Elections to the 294-member state assembly are being held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. Results will be announced on May 2.

The single-day rise in new coronavirus infections inched closer to 3 lakh, pushing India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,56,16,130, while the death toll increased to 1,82,553 with a record 2,023 daily fatalities.

Registering a steady increase for the 42nd in a row, the active cases have increased to 21,57,538, comprising 13.82 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 85.01 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,32,76,039, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.17 per cent, the data stated.

The 2,023 new fatalities include 519 from Maharashtra, 277 from Delhi, 191 from Chhattisgarh, 162 from Uttar Pradesh, 149 from Karnataka, 121 from Gujarat,77 from Madhya Pradesh, 64 from Rajasthan, 60 from Punjab, 51 from Bihar, 48 from Tamil Nadu, 46 from West Bengal, 45 from Jharkhand and 35 each from Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

A total of 1,82,553 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 61,343 from Maharashtra, 13,646 from Karnataka,13,205 from Tamil Nadu, 12,638 from Delhi, 10,652 from West Bengal, 10,159 from Uttar Pradesh, 8,045 from Punjab, and 7,472 from Andhra Pradesh.


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