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India reports new daily record of Covid-19 deaths

New Delhi, May 12 (EFE).- India set a new record in the death toll on Covid-19 Wednesday, surpassing the 4,000-day barrier, while the number of infections in the last 24 hours of this virulent second wave rose to 348,000.

Nueva Delhi, 12 may (EFE).- India reported a daily record of 4,205 Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total to 254,197 fatalities since the start of the pandemic, according to health ministry data.

The Asian country also recorded 348,412 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 22.3 million, only behind the United States.

The number of active cases remains at 3.7 million with a positivity rate of 22.2 percent, a sign showing the severity of the pandemic in India, given that it was 11.2 percent just a month ago.

According to the World Health Organization, the pandemic is under control in a country if the positivity rate is below the 5 percent threshold.

The western state of Maharashtra recorded the most deaths at 793, while the daily cases once again crossed 40,000.

The southern states of Karnataka and Kerala recorded 39,510 and 37,290 infections, respectively.

New Delhi, one of the cities hardest hit by the lack of medical oxygen in hospitals for the most serious coronavirus patients, registered 12,480 new cases and 347 deaths in the last 24 hours.

India, which sees its vaccination drive as an answer to the pandemic that has crippled its healthcare system in recent weeks, inoculated 2.4 million people in the last 24 hours.

Since the start of the vaccination campaign in January, the country has administered 175 million doses of either Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, or the indigenous Covaxin.

Besides the two vaccines manufactured in India, the country has also granted approval to Russia’s Sputnik V, which is expected to be made available in the market in the coming weeks.

However, it remains far from the government target of inoculating 300 million people by July, owing to a shortage of vaccines. EFE

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