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Bollywood actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal dies of COVID-19

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal passed away due to COVID-19, Indian media reported on Saturday.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee took to Twitter and expressed his shock over Bikramjeet’s demise. He wrote, “Oh my god!!! What sad news!!! We knew each other for 14 yrs since the making of 1971! REST IN PEACE MAJOR!!! So shocking (sic)!!!”

Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also took to Twitter and confirmed the demise of Bikramjeet. He tweeted, “Sad to hear about the demise of Bikramjeet Kanwarpal this morning due to #Covid.”

“Kanwarpal had played supporting roles in many films and television serials. Heartfelt condolences to his family & near ones”, he further said.

Sharing a picture of Bikramjeet, Rohit Bose Roy tweeted, “And we lose another one… The happiest, most gentlemanly, always positive and smiling Major Bikramjeet… RIP (sic).”

Neil Nitin Mukesh tweeted, “Extremely sad news. I’ve known Major Bikramjeet for so many years. He and I have worked on so many films together. The last being Bypass Road. Such a fantastic, encouraging and energetic human being he was and will always be remembered as. #RIP My dear friend will miss you (sic).”

Bikramjeet, 52 appeared in several films, OTT and TV shows. He made his acting debut in 2003.

India posted a record daily rise of 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults while several states warned of acute shortages.

It was the first time India’s daily case count had topped 400,000 after 10 consecutive days over 300,000. Deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,523 over the past 24 hours, taking the total toll in India to 211,853, according to official data.

The world’s biggest producer of COVID-19 vaccines has a limited number of shots available, worsening a grim second wave of infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and morgues while families scramble for scarce medicines and oxygen.

The chief minister of the hard-hit state of Delhi implored people not to queue at vaccination centers, promising more vaccines would arrive “tomorrow or the day after”.

India’s eastern Odisha state said it had received a consignment of 150,000 shots but would only allow a few people to get shots due to lockdown restrictions preventing movement.

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