Fresh coronavirus waves showed no sign of abating Saturday as devastating surges in India and Brazil pushed daily infections and deaths to record levels.
Despite the rollout of vaccines in many countries, Covid-19 is still wreaking destruction around the world, with close to 3.2 million lives lost and known infections soaring past 150 million.
Asia has recorded the bulk of new cases, driven largely by the surge in India. The crushing outbreak, which now accounts for more than 40 percent of the world’s new infections, has overwhelmed the South Asian nation’s healthcare system and depleted critical oxygen supplies.
Anthony S. Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser, urged India to explore ways its military could help alleviate the crisis, saying the situation is “like a war” in an interview with the Indian Express newspaper.