India passes 20 million cases of COVID-19 – fr

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India passes 20 million cases of COVID-19 – fr


India surpassed 20 million COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, becoming the second country after the United States to reach the grim milestone.

The country broke the threshold by adding 357,000 new infections to its total number of cases in the past 24 hours.

The official tally has nearly doubled in the past three months due to more contagious variants as well as the government allowing massive crowds to gather for Hindu religious festivals and political rallies ahead of state elections.

Deaths linked to the virus in the country also increased by 3,449 on Tuesday, bringing the toll to more than 222,000, according to the health ministry.

Alarming as these numbers are, they are believed to be undercounted due to issues with the overwhelmed health care system.

Coronavirus patients lie in beds as they are connected to oxygen supplies inside the emergency department of a hospital in New Delhi, India.
Coronavirus patients lie in beds as they are connected to oxygen supplies inside the emergency department of a hospital in New Delhi, India.
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People are dying because of a lack of oxygen and hospital beds or because they could not pass the COVID-19 test.

A priest performs the last rites of a deceased COVID-19 patient at a crematorium in New Delhi, India.
An attendant performs the final rites for a deceased COVID-19 patient at a crematorium in New Delhi, India.
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Gruesome footage from Sunday showed a young woman trying to help her coronavirus-stricken father, Asiri Naidu, 44, after collapsing outside his hut in the village of Ganguvari Sigadam.

In the video, she tries to give him water from a clear plastic bottle, but he chokes on the liquid and spits it out.

Moments later, she screams in agony as her father takes his last breath, video shows.

Migrant workers line up to enter a train station and leave the city before a COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai, India.
Migrant workers line up to enter a train station and leave the city before a COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai, India.
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Experts have warned that there does not appear to be an end in sight to the health crisis.

The country administers COVID-19 injections daily to about 2.1 million people, or about 0.15% of its population.

A man wearing personal protective equipment performs final rites for his parent who died from coronavirus at a crematorium in New Delhi, India.
A man in protective gear performs final rites for his parent who died from coronavirus at a crematorium in New Delhi, India.
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“It’s not going to end very soon,” said Dr Ravi Gupta, a virus expert at the University of Cambridge in England. “And really… the soul of the country is in danger in some way.”

More than 222,000 people have died from COVID-19 in India.
More than 222,000 people have died from COVID-19 in India.
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