Wednesday’s figures showed record spikes in infections and deaths on a single day. The international community is extending a hand to help India tide over its devastating crisis.
By Robin Gomes
India’s death toll from Covid-19 crossed the grim landmark of 200,000 cases on Wednesday, the deadliest so far, as the country continues to struggle against acute shortages in oxygen, medical supplies, vaccines, beds and hospital personnel.
In the last 24 hours, India registered 360,960 new cases, the world’s single-day highest, taking the total to nearly 18 million. With 3,293 new deaths, the total number of fatalities rose to 201,187.
Healthcare system buckling
The devastating second wave of infections has seen record surges of at least 300,000 new infections each day for the past week, with the country’s poorly-funded…