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India surpasses 190,000 deaths from covid after setting a new daily record

New Delhi, Apr 25 (EFE) .- India crossed a new barrier this Sunday with more than 190,000 deaths after reporting a daily record of 2,767 deaths in the last 24 hours, amid an aggressive wave of infections that records the worst data in the world.

According to the Indian Ministry of Health, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is 192,311, after several weeks of profound deterioration in the country’s situation, which went from an average of 300 daily deaths to 2,767 reported today in just four weeks, the worst number yet.

India is currently the country with the worst infection data in the world. In the last 24 hours alone, this nation of 1,350 million inhabitants registered 349,691 new infections, touching the 17 million accumulated cases.

The cases of the Asian country represent more than a third of the global total of infections confirmed yesterday by the World Health Organization, 849,130 ​​new infections of covid-19.

The rapid spread, which has taken from less than 10,000 patients to almost 350,000 a day, in less than three months, has placed a serious burden on the health system when it was just recovering from the impact of the first wave.

New Delhi, confined for more than a week, is one of the worst affected regions, experiencing a supply crisis for several days that is causing the collapse of hospitals, mainly due to lack of oxygen.

Problems meeting demand yesterday killed 20 people at a private city hospital after reserve levels fell to a minimum, easing pressure on vital supplies.

According to information from hospitals, several hundred inpatients in various facilities requiring respiratory assistance are at serious risk due to oxygen shortages.

The government of the prime minister, the nationalist Narendra Modi, who has defended the efforts to control the situation, has had military planes and the national railway service to speed up the transfer of oxygen tanks for recharging.

The air force also sent one of its cargo ships to Singapore yesterday to bring in new containers.

The authorities also decided on the exception of tariffs on the supply of oxygen, anticovid vaccines, and medical treatments related to the disease, in an attempt to strengthen their stocks.

Meanwhile, the attempts to control the situation of the hospitals, led the government of the Indian capital today to extend for another week the measure of confinement of its more than 20 million inhabitants.

(c) EFE Agency

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