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Photo: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Hospitals in New Delhi are pleading on social media for the government to provide more oxygen tanks and other medical supplies as India battles the world's worst coronavirus surge, AP reported on Friday.

Driving the news: The country reported 314,835 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a record for the world's highest single-day number of new cases for the second straight day.

  • While 2.7 million vaccine doses are administered daily, less than 10% of the population have gotten their first shot, AP noted.
  • India has reported more than 16 million coronavirus cases and over 186,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The big picture: "Understaffed hospitals are overflowing with patients. Medical oxygen is in short supply. Intensive care units are full. Nearly all ventilators are in use, and the dead are piling up at crematoriums and graveyards," AP reported.

  • Some people are being turned away from hospitals, which have been overrun with cases amid shortages in oxygen and other vital supplies, per Reuters.
  • Meanwhile, the government has started running special trains to deliver oxygen tanks to meet the shortages in healthcare facilities.
  • A fire in an ICU unit at a hospital on the outskirts of Mumbai early Friday killed 13 coronavirus patients, per AP.

What they're saying: "We have surplus oxygen at plants which are far off from places where it is needed right now. Trucking oxygen is a challenge from these plants,” Saket Tiku, president of the All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association, told AP.

  • “We have ramped up the production as oxygen consumption is rising through the roof. But we have limitations and the biggest challenge right now is transporting it to where it's urgently needed. ”

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Aug 1, 2021 - World

French police and anti-health pass protesters clash in Paris

Scenes in Paris, part of a national day of protest against French legislation mandating pandemic health passes for dining and travel. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images

Police in Paris deployed tear gas Saturday during clashes with thousands of demonstrators protesting a new law mandating universal vaccinations for health workers and pandemic passes for all restaurants and domestic travel.

The big picture: While thousands of people protested across France, the Washington Post notes that polls show most people in the country back the pandemic measures, introduced to curb spiking COVID-19 cases driven largely by the Delta variant.

  • 52.1% of France's population has been fully vaccinated against the virus as of Friday, according to official figures.
Updated Aug 2, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Florida sets new COVID hospitalization record as cases spike

Nurses bring a portable x-ray machine to a treatment tent outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, set up to serve as an overflow area as the number of COVID-19 infections surges throughout Brevard County. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida reported Sunday that 10,207 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized — the most in the state since the pandemic began, per AP.

Why it matters: The report comes a day after the CDC released data showing Florida confirmed a state record 21,683 new coronavirus cases in one day.

Updated 6 hours ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.