India passes 300,000 Covid-19 deaths: Health Ministry

India passes 300,000 Covid-19 deaths: Health Ministry

India reported 4,454 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India said on Monday (May 24) that it had passed 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the third country after the United States and Brazil to hit the figure, as a huge wave of infections overwhelms the healthcare system.

The South Asian nation’s toll now stands at 303,720 after adding 50,000 deaths in just under two weeks, as the total number of infections rose above 26.7 million, Health Ministry data showed.

India has been hitting record single-day rises in infections and fatalities in recent weeks amid the brutal surge.

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