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COVID-19 patients being treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic in Indirapuram, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Rebecca Conway/Getty Images

India has seen demand for oxygen jump "seven-fold" as the country set a new world record for daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, per AP.

By the numbers: India's health ministry reported 412,262 new infections, taking the official tally past 21 million, and 3,980 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The official death toll now stands at 230,168. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher.

The big picture: Hospitals are running critically low on oxygen supplies, having been grappling with a huge wave of COVID-19 infections since last month, driven largely by new virus variants.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said there's enough liquid oxygen in the country, but officials are facing transportation logistics, AP notes. Most oxygen is produced in eastern India, but demand has increased in the north and west.
  • India's Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government one day to "submit a plan to supply" hospital in New Delhi with oxygen, as the capital reported receiving only 40% of its daily needs, Al Jazeera reports.

What to watch: The country's vaccine production is "expected to get a boost" with the Biden administration backing an intellectual property protections waiver for COVID-19 doses, per AP.

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

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May 5, 2021 - World

India's foreign minister pulls out of G7 meetings in London after COVID exposure

Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

India's foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pulled out of in-person meetings at a G7 event in London on Wednesday, citing possible exposure to people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Jaishankar met in person this week with U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken, though delegates attending the gathering are tested daily, wear masks and observe social-distancing guidelines, according to AP.

May 5, 2021 - World

In photos: The countries facing massive COVID surges

Hua Lamphong railway station in Bangkok on May 1. Thailand last year went 100 days with no detected COVID-19 cases. Bloomberg's analysis of JHU data shows its coronavirus caseload jumped nearly 1,300% over the previous month (more than 40,000 new infections). Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Laos, Nepal and Thailand are among several countries now facing steep surges in COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm their health care systems.

The big picture: The scale may be less than India's, but a Bloomberg analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows the percentage jump in caseloads recorded in the past month compared to the previous one in these nations is much higher than in the world's second-most populous country.

May 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo: Marcus Yam/Pool/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive for the nation's second-largest city would come as L.A. faces record homelessness and a court order to find shelter for a massive Skid Row population by the end of September. It could further destabilize California politics amid a recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat.