World’s highest daily rise in COVID cases in India, record deaths

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World’s highest daily rise in COVID cases in India, record deaths

More than 300,000 cases in the last 24 hours while COVID-19-related deaths also jump by a record 2,104 fatalities.

India has reported more than 300,000 coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, the highest daily global total, while COVID-19-related deaths also jumped by a record.

India’s daily jump of 314,835 cases surpasses the previous highest one-day rise in the world of 297,430 cases posted by the United States in January.

India’s total cases are now at 15.93 million, while deaths rose by 2,104 to reach a total of 184,657, according to health ministry data.

A brutal second wave of coronavirus infections in the world’s second-most populous nation has stretched its hospitals to a breaking point.

At least 24 COVID-19 patients died in western India’s Maharashtra state on Wednesday when the oxygen supply to their ventilators ran out, amid a nationwide shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and medicines such as the anti-viral drug, remdesivir.

Health experts say India let its guard down when the virus seemed to be under control during the winter, allowing big gatherings such as weddings and festivals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is himself facing criticism for addressing packed political rallies for local elections and allowing a religious festival to go ahead where millions gathered.

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Source: Al Jazeera

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