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India recorded a new record for coronavirus cases: 380,000 infections in the last 24 hours

The number of deaths from covid-19 fell slightly to 3,498. The total number of active cases increased by 3.6% compared to last week, while the rate of positivity increased to 20.9%

A woman receives oxygen in Ghaziabad, India. REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui / Photo file

India on Friday set a new record in the number of daily coronavirus infections with more than 380,000 in the past 24 hours, while the number of deaths has decreased slightly with almost 3,500 deaths.

Specifically, the country has reported 386,452 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 18.7 million cases since the start of the pandemic, which keeps India as the second most affected country in absolute terms alone, behind the United States. United.

The number of deaths from covid-19 fell, however, slightly to stand at 3,498, after yesterday reaching a record high of more than 3,600 deaths in one day, according to the daily report released by the Indian Ministry of Health.

India is at the global epicenter of a pandemic that is advancing by leaps and bounds: in the past seven days, the average number of daily infections has exceeded 357,000, while the average number of deaths has, for the first time, exceeded the limit of 3,000.

In this sense, the total number of active cases increased by 3.6% in relation to the previous week, while the rate of positivity rose to 20.9%, whereas just a month ago that number was below 6%.

A woman dismisses her husband's body in New Delhi, India.  REUTERS / Adnan Abidi

A woman dismisses her husband’s body in New Delhi, India. REUTERS / Adnan Abidi

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the pandemic to be under control in a country if the rate of positivity is below the 5% limit.

Despite the fact that in the first wave of the pandemic, India’s recovery rate was one of the highest in the world, with 97% of detected cases, is now 82.1%.

The covid is hitting New Delhi with special virulence, which with 24,235 new infections on the last day, reported 395 deaths, the highest death rate it has suffered so far.

For its part, In the region of Maharashtra, the region hardest hit by the pandemic, cases continue to rise, with a total of 66,159, while the number of deaths has fallen slightly to 771, after yesterday it surpassed a thousand dead.

In the midst of this crisis, the capital of the region, Bombay, announced last night the end of its vaccination campaign for three days due to lack of doses.

Patients in a hospital in New Delhi, India.  REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui

Patients in a hospital in New Delhi, India. REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui

While, international aid seeks to alleviate the oxygen and drug crisis with daily supplies arriving from over 40 countries.

The United States announced on Wednesday that it would send remittances of medical supplies worth more than $ 100 million to deal with the pandemic, with the first such shipments arriving this morning in India.

The first of several United States emergency aid shipments for COVID-19 has arrived in India! Based on more than 70 years of cooperation, the United States supports India as we fight the pandemic together, ”announced the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Twitter, alongside images of the shipment.

US authorities sent oxygen bottles and regulators, rapid diagnostic equipment, N95 masks and pulse oximeters for this first shipment.

Pending the start of a new vaccination phase for the entire adult population of the country tomorrow, the inoculation rate is below expectations: About 152 million doses have been administered so far, 2.2 million in the past 24 hours.

(With information from EFE)

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