India records less than 3,000 coronavirus deaths for 1st time in a month

New Delhi, Jun 1 (EFE).- India recorded Tuesday 2,795 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, marking the first time in 34 days that daily fatalities dropped below 3,000, according to official data.

As per health ministry records, the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 331,100 people in the South Asian country, a number that is only behind that of the United States and Brazil.

The decline in the number of deaths per day, even as experts warn that the actual figures could be much higher, contrasts with the more than 4,000 deaths recorded around the middle of May.

The number of cases too have dropped in recent weeks, following the peak of a virulent second wave that caused the collapse of the healthcare system in several states, with a lack of medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines.

A total 127,510 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 54 days and far from the over 400,000 daily cases recorded regularly around the beginning of May.

This takes the total confirmed cases to 28.1 million, which is the second highest in the world after the United States (more than 33 million).

The devastating second Covid-19 wave in India, especially between April and May, has aggravated the economic impact of the pandemic on the Asian country.

The Central Statistics Office revealed Monday that India’s GDP was expected to fall by 7.3 percent during fiscal year 2020-2021, which concludes in March.

The strict lockdown measures in most parts of the country to check the spread of the virus during the second wave caused the economy to collapse by 24.4 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. EFE


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