Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus catastrophe is worsening. The White House on Friday announced plans to restrict travel from India as the country reported another record number of new cases over the preceding 24 hours. The army opened its hospitals and patients struggled to access beds, oxygen and lifesaving treatment.
India’s crematoriums are overwhelmed, and the health system is crumbling. Anger toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi is growing, especially over his decision to hold huge election rallies as infections soared. India’s official death toll has passed 208,000.
The first batch of U.S. aid arrived in India on Friday. President Biden has promised more than $100 million in support, including 1,100 oxygen cylinders and 15 million N95 masks.