Coronavirus: India records deadliest day with 4.2K more fatalities

Coronavirus: India records deadliest day with 4.2K more fatalities

In the state of Gujarat, India, it has been reported that some have been covering their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will protect them from the virus, help them recover or build immunity against it.

India saw a record 4,205 COVID-19 fatalities in a day taking the death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The toll climbed by 3,876 to 2,49,992.

Maharashtra with 48,401 cases, Karnataka with 47,930 cases, Kerala with 35,801 cases, Tamil Nadu with 28,897 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 23,175 cases are the top five states that have registered the maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Across 18,542 sessions, 10,75,948 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 14,27,808 people received their second dose of vaccine, it said.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has increased to 17.27 crore.

Hitting out at the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government's "repeated chest-thumping" at receiving foreign aid to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the country is pathetic and had it done its job, it would not have come to this.

Akhand Pratap, a resident of Ghazipur district in sprawling Uttar Pradesh state, said that "people are immersing bodies in the holy Ganges river instead of cremation because of shortage of cremation wood".

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also warned that the city was running dangerously low on vaccine supplies.

"I would say that at this point in time, the situation is very worrying, the daily number of cases and deaths that we are seeing today in India and other countries in the Southeast area region is a big concern for us and we also realise that these are underestimates".

However, Maharashtra's Covid-19 contribution has dropped 13 per cent of the total new cases.

On Tuesday, authorities warned that almost 90 per cent of districts in the country are seeing a high positivity rate, sparking fears the virus is spreading fast into rural areas. However, the number of tests conducted have also been falling.

West Bengal, Assam, and Puducherry reported record single-day spikes of 20,136, 6,258, and 2,049 new cases, respectively.

The ministry said 24.44 percent of the total active cases in the country have been reported from 10 districts including Bengaluru Urban, Pune, Delhi, Ernakulam, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Thrissur, Jaipur, Kozhikode, and Mumbai.

India, with a population of 1.4 billion people, now accounts for one in three of the reported deaths from coronavirus around the world, according to a Reuters tally, overwhelming hospital and medical staff, as well as mortuaries and crematoriums.

In April, large crowds gathered at Kairuppala village in Andhra Pradesh as part of Ugadi, the Telugu new year, where groups of people threw cow cakes at each other as part of a tradition.

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