A relative collects the remains of a Covid-19 victim after a mass cremation at a cremation site in New Delhi, India on April 30.  Photo: AFP.

Ca Covid-19 daily in India exceeds 400,000


India recorded another grim milestone when new infections every day exceeded 400,000, while the vaccination program in the country was also very limited.

The world recorded 151,970,438 nCoV infections and 3,192,119 deaths, an increase of 844,141 and 13,195, respectively, while 129,812,647 people recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

India reported 408,331 cases over the past 24 hours, marking another record increase in the number of infections per day, bringing the total to 19,157,094. The second epidemic zone in the world also recorded an additional 3,523 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 211,855.

Yesterday was the tenth day in a row of higher infections in India than any other country in the world. The country has become the most serious Covid-19 hotspot in the world since April 21, when daily infections exceeded 300,000.

In the past week alone, India reported more than 2.5 million new infections, accounting for more than 43% of all infections worldwide. The relentless expansion continues to cause a shortage of hospital beds and other essential supplies such as oxygen and medicine.

Despite being the world’s largest producer of vaccines and the world’s second-largest epidemic zone, India doesn’t have the necessary vaccination program. Currently only “frontline” staff such as health workers, people over 45 years old and people with underlying medical conditions can be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca or Covaxin vaccine developed and produced domestically. As of today, the vaccination site will be open to all adults, or 600 million people, who qualify for the vaccination.

More than 40 countries pledged to send medical aid to India. The US military transport ship Super Galaxy carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders, other hospital equipment and nearly a million Covid-19 test kits arrived in New Delhi on April 30.

A relative collects the remains of a Covid-19 victim after a mass cremation at a cremation site in New Delhi, India on April 30. Image: AFP.

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Huyen Le (According to the AFP, Hindustan Times)

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