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India records 1.5 million new COVID-19 cases in a week

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South Asia Newsline - May 07, 2021 News Bulletin :
-India records 1.5 million new COVID-19 cases in a week  
-Pentagon chief says removal of all contractors from Afghanistan under way
-Former Maldives president treated for wounds after blast outside home
India on Friday reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases with over 414,180 infections, bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million. Pakistan could run dry by 2025 as its water shortage is reaching an alarming level. Residents in Pakistan's port city of Karachi are deprived of their share of clean drinking water supplied by the water authority to the megapolis. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that President Joe Biden's order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11 also extended to U.S.-funded contractors. A former Afghan news anchor, Nimat Rawan was shot dead by gunmen in southern Kandahar city on Thursday, as violence mounted across the country amid a U.S. troop withdrawal. Nepal is being overwhelmed by a COVID-19 surge as it is recording 57 times as many cases as a month ago. Maldives' first democratically elected president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in a blast late Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, police said. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. As India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus cases, volunteers in western Ahmedabad city have turned a Hindu temple into a COVID-19 care centre to help deal with the surge in infections that have overwhelmed the healthcare system.
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