India Reports Over 400,000 Daily Cases For The Third Time In A Week As Second Wave Hammers Country

  • Posted on May 07, 2021
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  • By FC Team

India’s daily new Covid-19 cases crossed 400,000 for the third time this month as the country struggles to contain a devastating second wave.Health ministry data released Friday showed there were 414,188 new cases over a 24-hour period, where at least 3,915 people succumbed to the disease. But reports of overwhelmed crematoriums and cemeteries as well as a growing number of obituaries in local papers suggest the official figures undercount the true death toll.Total reported cases in the South Asian country currently stands at 21.49 million while fatalities exceed 234,000. In just the last seven days, India has reported more than 2.7 million cases and over 25,700 deaths, or an average of at least 153 people dying every hour.While the Indian government has so far resisted calls for another national lockdown, states have stepped up restrictions including localized lockdowns and curfews. But health-care experts are worried that the pandemic is now spreading into small towns and villages, where the health infrastructure is not advanced enough to support a surge in cases.The second wave began in February but cases rose at an alarming rate starting in April. The World Health Organization has said that the sharp rise in infections may be partly due to multiple mutated versions of the virus circulating in the country, including the local B.1.617 variant and the B.1.1.7 variant that was detected in the U.K.By

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