India’s most senior opposition politician, Rahul Gandhi, has demanded a nationwide lockdown, as pressure grows on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with India reporting a global record of 412,626 new daily cases on Wednesday. A second wave of Covid-19 driven by new, more contagious variants has devastated India and the sheer volume of infections, with over 300,000 new cases for 15 consecutive days, has overwhelmed the nation’s threadbare healthcare system. Thousands of Indians are dying outside hospitals and in their homes due to oxygen and bed shortages. The residents of major Indian cities, like and Delhi, are also having to turn to the black market to procure essential drugs, due to shortages. While Mr Modi has resisted imposing a national lockdown so far, nearly a dozen Indian states have now imposed their own curfews. India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, home to over 200 million people, enforced a five-day lockdown this week, while curbs will also be enforced in the states of West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh from Thursday.