India has hit a grim new coronavirus milestone with over 2,000 deaths in one day and close to 300,000 new cases. Hospitals are running low on oxygen and available beds amid the devastating surge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India was facing a coronavirus “storm,” but is resisting another nationwide lockdown, calling instead for regional lockdowns. Meanwhile, the former king and queen of Nepal have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the religious festival of Kumbh Mela in the northern Indian city of Haridwar, which has drawn millions of pilgrims in recent weeks.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine Tuesday after weeks of mixed messages over whether he would get inoculated. He previously said he would not get the shot as he believed his January infection gave him sufficient COVID-19 antibodies. AMLO has come under fire for his response to the pandemic, including his refusal to issue a mask mandate or even wear one himself on many occasions. Mexico’s official death toll is 213,000 — the third highest in the world — but officials said last month the true number could be 60% higher.
Here in the U.S., the State Department is updating its travel advisories to recommend avoiding travel to 80% of countries around the world because of coronavirus risks.