COVID-19: India records 300,000 coronavirus deaths as cases rise in countryside

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COVID-19: India records 300,000 coronavirus deaths as cases rise in countryside


India’s coronavirus death toll topped 300,000 after 4,454 new deaths were reported on Monday.

The total number of COVID-related deaths stands at 303,720, the country’s health ministry said.

It’s the third highest behind the United States and Brazil, but experts believe the actual figure is much higher.

The coronavirus outbreak in India has shown signs of improvement in major cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai, but continues to cause a terrible toll in rural areas.

Another 222,315 infections were also reported on Monday, but that figure is also likely to be much lower than the actual figure.

Vaccinations have also slowed down recently, and many states say they aren’t getting enough.

India has fully vaccinated around 41.6 million people – just 3.8% of its population – despite being the world’s largest vaccine producer.

While the average daily deaths and cases have declined slightly in recent weeks, they remain at a worrying level.

India’s COVID outbreak has seen many people forced to procure their own oxygen amid chronic shortages that have forced hospitals to turn away patients.

It is the vast countryside, where health care is often very poor, that currently suffers the most.

Hundreds of bodies – feared to be victims of COVID – have washed up on the banks of the Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh in recent weeks and more have been found buried in graves shortly deep.

Another challenge is a deadly fungal infection affecting coronavirus patients and those who have recovered.

Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, is caused by exposure to mold often found in soil, air, and human mucus.

It spreads through the respiratory tract and erodes facial structures. Doctors sometimes have to remove the eye to prevent it from reaching the brain.

Nearly 9,000 cases have been reported in India so far, Federal Minister Sadananda Gowda said on Saturday, leading to a shortage of drugs used to treat the disease.

Local media said more than 250 had died from the disease.

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