Sunday 25 April 2021

India overwhelmed by world’s worst Covid crisis

BBC News shows the India Covid-19 situation. International help is being pledged for India as it battles a ferocious second wave of coronavirus, described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a storm that has shaken the nation.

Almost 350,000 new infections were recorded in India in the latest 24 hour period - a record number for the 4th day in a row. 

As the epidemic continues to grow hospitals are under intolerable pressure - with shortages of beds and critical supplies including oxygen.

The COVID-19 pandemic in India is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of COVID-19 in India, which originated from China, was reported on 30 January 2020. India currently has the largest number of confirmed cases in Asia, and, as of April 2021, has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world (after the United States) with more than 17 million certainly reported cases of COVID-19 infection and 192,311 deaths as of April 25, 2021.

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