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COVID-19: 1 in 4 death in the world from India

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COVID-19 fatalities continue to rise in India
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India saw 3,86,795 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single day spike in the world with fatalities over 3000 for the third consecutive day.

India has so far reported a total of 1,87,55,126 cases and 2,08,255 deaths. With 3,443 COVID-19 new COVID-19 deaths, the country contributes to nearly one in every four death in the world due to coronavirus.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday claimed that India’s COVID fatality rate is the “lowest in the world” at 1.11 per cent. But India is the only major country with a rising fatality rate, according to statistics.

The World Health Organisation considers an epidemic to be under control if that proportion is below 5%. In America, it currently stands at about 7%; in Britain it is 0.2%, while in India, as a whole, it is above 25%.

Maharashtra reported 66,159 infections, followed by Kerala (38,607), and Uttar Pradesh (35,156). Maharashtra recorded 771 casualties, followed by Delhi (395) and Uttar Pradesh (298).

Oxygen shortage and overwhelmed medical facilities unable to admit and treat patients are primary reasons for rise in fatalities.

The figures do not include cases and deaths from Ladakh.

As many as 2,89,998 new recoveries were recorded on April 29, taking the total to 1,53,72,243. Opposition leaders have flagged the massive disparity between the official records and actual numbers of death by COVID-19 in many states.

There is a gradual decline in testing in India.

India’s average daily deaths over the last seven days rose to 2,882 and remained the highest in the world.

The denial of Union Minister about oxygen shortage faced backlash from opposition and Journalists as hundreds of patients remain stranded without medical attention in critical conditions.

According to the government, at least 40 countries have come forward to offer assistance to India.

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