India Adds More Than 300,000 Cases In a Single Day And Its Worst Death Toll From COVID

India has surpassed 300,000 daily cases of coronavirus this Thursday, in addition to registering a new record of deaths in the country with 2,104 deaths in the last day, a new peak in this virulent second wave that the Asian nation is going through in the midst of the health collapse.

According to data from the Indian Ministry of Health, the country has recorded 314,835 new daily positives, raising the total since the start of the pandemic to 15.9 million.

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The number of deaths has also registered its worst figures so far, with 2,104 new deaths in the last day, adding 184,657 since the start of the pandemic in the country.

The second most affected nation behind the United States (with 31.8 million cases), it h as experienced the highest increase in infections in the world in recent weeks in the framework of a second wave of the pandemic, and for a week it points more than 200,000 infections daily. With about 1.4 billion inhabitants, India is the second most populous country in the world.

Authorities in the most affected regions, such as Maharashtra and New Delhi, highlighted problems with the availability of oxygen and medicines to treat the disease, as a result of saturation in the health system.

This abrupt rise in cases forced the capital, like other regions of the country, to impose a total confinement of the population for a week, which will initially conclude next Monday.

New Delhi, a city of about 20 million inhabitants, registered 24,638 cases and 249 deaths in the last day, while Maharashtra continues to be the Indian state hardest hit by this second wave, with 67,468 new cases and 568 deaths in the last 24 hours.

In this sense, India sees in its vaccination campaign the main tool to end the pandemic in this country of more than 1.35 billion inhabitants.

Last Tuesday, the central government announced that from May 1 it will allow the inoculation of its entire population over 18 years of age, also liberalizing the prices of vaccines with the intention of increasing their production and availability.

So far, the country has administered about 132 million doses since the start of the vaccination campaign last January, 2.2 million of them in the last 24 hours.

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