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India covid update

India recorded 382,315 new infections on Wednesday, according to health ministry data, a day after India reached a grim milestone of becoming the second country to cross 20 million infections.

According to the World Health Organization, India accounted for one in four deaths across the world over the last week.

The country also reported 46% of the global cases in the past week. As the ferocious second wave continues to batter its healthcare system, a persistent shortage of oxygen is making matters worse.

Covid-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible”.

India’s official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000. Staggering as those numbers are, the true figures are believed to be far higher, the undercount an apparent reflection of the troubles in the health care system.

In the capital, many hospitals are taking to Twitter to seek help, and turning away patients over erratic supplies. For weeks now, volunteer groups have been stepping in to fight this oxygen crisis

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