India is currently undergoing the world’s worst Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with 403,738 fresh infections and 4,092 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The government lamented today, May 9 that the astronomical rise in the cases has brought the overall caseload to over 22 million and the death toll to 242,362 in the country reeling under the second wave of the pandemic.
Date released by the federal health ministry showed that the country has been recording over 400,000 daily infections for the fifth time in a week and over 4,000 deaths for the second consecutive day.
The country has become a global epicenter of the virus, accounting for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) weekly epidemiological report on May 5, showed.
Amid a crisis over medical oxygen and distress messages from patients, the country’s supreme court has formed a national task force to ensure adequate supplies of the life-saving gas to hospitals.
In recent days, many states in India have declared lockdowns as opposition leaders urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce nationwide curbs.
India, the second-most infected country after United States that has a 32.6 million caseload, is in the grip of a second wave that began mid-February.
The pandemic has claimed more than 3.2 million lives worldwide since it first emerged in late 2019.