New Delhi: India reported on Wednesday that despite the decline in the number of new cases in the devastating new wave, there were still a record 4,529 deaths in a single day.
As cases spread to rural areas with poor medical facilities, the number of deaths from the recent pandemic has been increasing.
According to the latest death toll, India’s official death toll has now risen to 283,248, second only to the United States, with more than 600,000 deaths, while Brazil’s death toll is approximately 440,000.
Experts say, however, India’s losses are much higher.
More than 267,000 new cases have been added, bringing the number of known infections to 25.5 million, second only to the United States.
At the current rate, India may surpass the United States in June.
The latest wave has ravaged India for six weeks, feeding on shortages of hospital beds, oxygen and critical drugs. Since the start of April, the number of cases has doubled and more than 100,000 people have died.
Indian authorities say that keeping new cases below 300,000 for a third straight day is a sign that the wave is easing.
“The pandemic curve is stabilising,” said V.K. Paul, head of the government’s Covid-19 task force.