Fauci urged India to impose a national lockdown as its COVID-19 crisis worsens. So far, Prime Minister Modi has refused.

Fauci urged India to impose a national lockdown as its COVID-19 crisis worsens. So far, Prime Minister Modi has refused.
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A Covid-19 patient gets admitted to a government hospital in Kolkata, India, 22 April, 2021. India reported 314,835 fresh coronavirus infections on Thursday according to an Indian media report.
A coronavirus patient getting admitted to a government hospital in Kolkata, India, on April 22. Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said India should impose a national lockdown to address its raging COVID-19 crisis. The step is one the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has so far refused to put in place.

India has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases for weeks. The country on Monday reported 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths over the past 24 hours, according to Reuters. The surge has caused some hospitals to run out of oxygen, and crematoriums have been overwhelmed with bodies.

Fauci told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that a national lockdown could help "break the chain of transmission" of COVID-19.

He told the CNN affiliate News18 on Friday that the lockdown would have to be in place for only four weeks or so.

"As soon as the cases start coming down and you vaccinate more people, then you can get ahead of the trajectory of the outbreak," he said.

The Indian Medical Association has also called for a national lockdown, Reuters reported.

But despite the calls from Fauci and others, Modi has shown no sign of establishing a new national lockdown.

There are lockdowns in several of India's 28 states, but they don't compare to last year's strict, two-month national lockdown, which the Associated Press said caused the country's economy to decline by 23% in the second quarter.

Modi's government has said it's doing all it can in a "once-in-a-lifetime crisis," the AP reported.

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