COVID spreads to rural India as deaths again rise above 4,000

Carla Harmon
May 25, 2021

India is now going through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and has lost a total of 2,99,266 lives to the coronavirus infection so far.

India's death toll is the third-highest reported in the world, accounting for 8.6% of the almost 3.5 million coronavirus fatalities globally, though the true numbers are thought to be significantly greater.

Deadly outbreaks in India, Brazil and elsewhere have pushed the global death toll past 3.4 million, even as rich countries such as the United States, Britain and Israel have eased restrictions.

India's toll now stands at 303,720 after adding 50,000 deaths in just under two weeks, as the total number of infections rose above 26.7 million, health ministry data showed.

The continued high number of deaths came as infections fell in major cities, including the capital New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai, where lockdowns have been imposed to stem the spread of the virus.

An earlier version of this article misstated the number of worldwide COVID-19 deaths.

As many as 5,819,912 people have taken the first dose of the vaccine so far while 3,972,218 people received the second shot.

He also paid tribute to the estimated 115,000 health and care workers who have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Its far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been widely condemned for his coronavirus scepticism and pandemic management, with Brazil's death toll topping 450,000. Of them, 19,28,127 samples were tested on Sunday.

While the megacities have seen signs of improvement in recent days, the virus isn't finished with India by any means.

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh account for 66.30 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.

Many others have been found buried in shallow graves along its sandy banks.

More than 1.80 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and they will receive over 48 lakh doses in the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

It has prompted concerns that they are the remains of Covid-19 victims.

Still, experts have warned India could face a third wave of infections in coming months, and many states are unable to vaccinate those aged under 45 due to a shortage of supplies.

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