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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."

Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."

Biden challenges GOP agenda: "What are Republicans for?"

President Biden pushed back against Republican efforts to obstruct his agenda during a press conference Wednesday, asking "What are Republicans for?"

Why it matters: Biden's speech comes as he approaches one year in office, facing low polling numbers and a stalled agenda.

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