More than 100 people of the US diplomatic staff in India have tested positive for Covid-19 during the ongoing pandemic.
Two locally employed staffers succumbed to the infections recently.
With an unprecedented surge in positive cases that has broken daily global records of fresh cases coupled with lack of oxygen and beds, the country has lost thousands of people in the past few weeks.
However, details are unavailable as to where the staffers died, a report quoted.
The US has five consulates in different cities of India and an embassy in the New Delhi.
Despite the alarming rate at which the Covid-19 virus is infecting people, US diplomats and family members and locally employed staff in India were not vaccinated until the past two weeks, resulting in two high-level visits by US government officials.
With India battling Covid-19 amidst an acute shortage of oxygen supply, help has begun pouring in from other countries in the form of medical equipment and oxygen.
While majority of the US diplomatic staff in the US and Europe had received the vaccines, those in Indian did not have any specific information on when they would receive it, resulting in the severe outbreak among its staff.
The State Department was engaged in sending vaccines to different locations in different countries where US diplomats live that contributed to the delay in making them available to staffers in India.