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A health worker moving an oxygen cylinder in a coronavirus ward of a hospital in New Delhi on May 8. Photo: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India saw its deadliest day of the pandemic yet with more than 4,180 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday.

Why it matters: The country has recorded more than 21.8 million coronavirus cases and 238,270 deaths since the pandemic began. The true numbers, however, are likely much higher, experts say, as the country battles a continued surge in cases that has left hospitals and health workers overwhelmed.

The big picture: India has yet to enter a national lockdown as it did in March 2020 when it had fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases.

  • However, pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to implement a nationwide shutdown, according to AP.

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, two states in southern India, implemented stricter coronavirus restriction measures on Friday amid surges in new cases, Reuters reported.

  • Tamil Nadu said it would enter a full lockdown on Monday that would entail shutting public transport and state-run alcohol retailers, while Karnataka extended its total shutdown on Friday.
  • Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, has the highest active caseload of any city in the country at more than 300,000, and hospitals there are struggling with oxygen shortages and crowded crematoriums, according to AP.
  • Tamil Nadu decided to enter a full lockdown after it reported a daily record of more than 26,000 new cases.

Go deeper: Foreign aid pours into India as COVID-19 crisis worsens

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Aug 16, 2021 - Health

Boosters take off

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We now know some people in the U.S. are going to get additional doses of COVID vaccines after the CDC and FDA signed off on shots for the immunocompromised last week.

The big picture: As Andrew Badley, chairman of Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 research task force, put it to Axios: "It’s not the end of the story."

Clinton-linked lawyer indicted in investigation of FBI's Russia probe

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A grand jury has returned an indictment against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer whose firm represented the 2016 Clinton campaign, for lying to the FBI about not representing "any client" when he presented them with allegations about a secret Trump Organization back-channel to a Russian bank.

Why it matters: It's the second criminal charge stemming from special counsel John Durham's review of possible misconduct by the intelligence community and prosecutors who investigated the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

Federal judge blocks Biden administration's use of Title 42 policy

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A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a public health order that fast-tracked deportations of migrant families at the southern border.

Why it matters: President Biden has faced significant backlash for retaining the Trump-era policy, which was implemented as a COVID containment measure. The expulsions deny adult migrants and families the chance for asylum.

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