India hits global record of 315,000 new daily cases as Covid wave worsens

India hits global record of 315,000 new daily cases as Covid wave worsensApril 22, 2021

Hospitals are being pushed to the brink as more than 1m people infected in just four days

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India registered 314,835 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of infections recorded in a single day in any country since the start of the pandemic, pushing the country’s hospitals to the brink.

The unprecedented spread of the virus, blamed on a more contagious strain as well as lax safety measures, has overwhelmed hospitals, creating severe shortages of beds, oxygen and medicines in major cities. Social media is flooded with desperate pleas from people whose relatives are sick but have been repeatedly turned away from hospitals.

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