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India bans anti-viral drug Remdesivir exports as coronavirus rages on

New COVID-19 cases surged to 152,879, the sixth record rise in seven days

People wearing protective masks wait in line at a railway station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, Apr.11.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- India on Sunday banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and its active pharmaceutical ingredients as demand rocketed due to a record surge in COVID-19 infections, leading to a crippling shortages in many parts.

Authorities have blamed the ferocious resurgence of the virus mainly on crowding and a reluctance to wear masks.

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