As the Covid-19 crisis spiraled out of control across India, the government announced that vaccination centers in Mumbai, India's largest city, were to close for three days from Friday.

Iran PressAsia: The closure of the 94 centers was due to “non-availability of vaccine stock,” the municipal government said in a tweet on Thursday evening.

India’s Supreme Court, meanwhile, said the country’s healthcare system had reached a “breaking point” and that retired healthcare workers could be asked to go back to work.

India recorded 386,452 cases of Covid-19 on Friday, setting yet another world record for daily cases. On Thursday, the country’s official death toll passed 200,000, but experts believe the actual number could be 5 to 10 times higher, Reuters reported.

According to the Health Ministry, India has administered just over 15 million vaccinations, a tiny proportion of its population of just under 1.4 billion people. As well as Mumbai, several other Indian states have also run out of vaccines.

The crisis has overwhelmed the country’s hospitals and moratoriums, forcing cities to adopt mass cremations in public spaces.

As the country struggles to deal with one of the most severe public health crises in its history, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under fire to handle the crisis, with critics saying that he failed to lock down the country in time.

On Thursday night, Modi continued to urge Indians to participate in the final stage of elections in West Bengal, despite concerns over the risk of large gatherings escalating into super-spreader events.

West Bengal is one of only a few states where Modi does not have a majority.


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