India exceeds 27 million coronavirus infections

New Delhi, May 26 (EFE).- India added more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths and over 200,000 new infections on Wednesday, taking the overall caseload to over 27 million a day after daily fatalities had dropped significantly.

The federal health ministry said 208,921 people tested positive for the virus as 4,157 people succumbed to the disease over the last day when the country carried out 2.05 million tests, setting a new record of the highest number of daily coronavirus tests.

The death toll due to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic last year has risen to 311,000.

On Tuesday, the daily cases had dropped below the 200,000-mark for the first time after April 14.

The western state of Maharashtra, the worst affected by the deadly second wave of the virus outbreak, reported 25 percent of the total death recorded in the last 24 hours from Tuesday morning.

On the other hand, the national capital territory continues to show signs of recovery.

Delhi reported a total of 156 deaths and 1,568 infections over the previous day, a remarkable improvement from weeks ago when hospitals were overwhelmed with a rush of Covid-19 patients and long queues outside crematoria and burial grounds for the last rites of the dead.

The vaccination campaign running behind the target picked some pace on Tuesday when health officials administered over two million doses across the country.

So far, 200 million doses have been administered since the drive began in January.

The country of 1.35 billion people had set a goal to inoculate 300 million people before July.

The health ministry began vaccinating people between 18 and 44 from May 1.

However, several regions could not begin the phase due to the shortage of vaccines. EFE


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