|India coronavirus: Over-18s vaccination drive hit by shortages
India has become the first country to สล็อต report more than 400,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, as its nationwide vaccine drive
launches amid a supply crisis.
Some 3,523 deaths were officially recorded in the past 24 hours - but the real figure is thought to be far higher as many fatalities go unreported.
All adults in India are now eligible to be vaccinated.
But several states say they do not have the doses to carry out the exercise.
India had previously focused on vaccinating frontline workers and the over-45s. The country is facing acute shortages of medical oxygen and
hospital beds, as a devastating second wave of Covid-19 batters its health system.
How is India's rollout going?
About 150 million shots have been given, equivalent to 11.5% of India's 1.3 billion people.
Despite being the world's biggest producer of vaccines, the country is suffering an internal shortage and has placed a temporary hold on all
exports of AstraZeneca to meet domestic demand.
More than 13 million people aged 18-45 have registered for the jab, but states including central Madhya Pradesh and hard-hit Maharashtra have
said they will not start vaccinating this age group on 1 May as planned due to supply problems.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked people not to queue up for injections as the Indian capital had not yet received doses.
"As soon as vaccines arrive we will let you know, then you can come for shots. We appeal to you not to crowd vaccine centres in the next few
days," Mr Kejriwal said. He later announced that the lockdown in Delhi would be extended by another week.
Fires and oxygen shortages cause fresh tragedies
Since the pandemic began, India has confirmed more than 19 million cases - second only to the US. It has also reported more than 200,000
The US has said it will restrict travel from India, beginning on Tuesday, to try to stop the spread of Covid-19. Australia has gone a step further,
making it temporarily illegal for its citizens to return home from India.
Hospitals in the country have been suffering from shortages of oxygen and beds.
At one hospital in Delhi, several people died on Saturday when critically ill patients were left without oxygen for about 80 minutes before
re-supply tankers arrived, according local media reports.
Vijay Gupta, 62, was gasping for air outside a hospital in the south-east of India's capital because all of its beds were full.