India reports record coronavirus case numbers
April 26, 2021 - The healthcare system in India is struggling to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, with severe oxygen and medicine shortages. India reported 349,691 cases of the disease Sunday and suffered 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Sunday was the fourth straight day that India set a global daily record of new coronavirus infections, spurred by an insidious new variant that emerged here. The surge has undermined the government’s premature claims of victory over the pandemic, AP said.
The 349,691 new infections brought India’s total to more than 16.9 million, behind only the United States. The Health Ministry reported another 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing India’s fatalities to more than 190,000.
The death toll could be a huge undercount, as suspected cases are not included, and many Covid-19 deaths are being attributed to underlying conditions.
The unfolding crisis is most visceral in India’s overwhelmed graveyards and crematoriums, and in heartbreaking images of gasping patients dying on their way to hospitals due to lack of oxygen.