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By LAUREN FRAYER and BILL CHAPPELL

India has now reported more than 20 million coronavirus infections, including nearly 3.5 million people who are actively being treated for COVID-19.

Volunteers and relatives prepare to cremate the bodies of persons who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The country’s health system is in a state of collapse as hospitals and clinics face dire shortages of beds and lifesaving supplies.

India Covid Cases Surpass 20 Million, Deaths Top 220,000 as Crisis Worsens

In just the past week, India has seen its COVID-19 cases jump by 2,646,526 — a figure that, if it stood alone, would currently make India the 14th worst-hit nation in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

India’s mass-vaccination drive falters as country hits 20 million coronavirus cases

On April 27, the government reported 17,636,307 total cases; by Tuesday, the number had risen to 20,282,833.

As alarming as the recent figures are, experts say they are almost certainly an undercount — possibly by a whole lot.

As of Tuesday, nearly 159 million vaccine doses had been administered in a country whose population is nearly 1.4 billion.

Seven Indian states have each reported more than 1 million COVID-19 cases, and others are soaring toward that mark.

People lower the body of 65-year-old Arnold Samuel Christian, who died from Covid-19, into a grave at a cemetery in Ahmedabad, India, May 3, 2021.Amit Dave / Reuters

The most confirmed cases are in Maharashtra, which has reported nearly 4.8 million cases — roughly equal to Russia’s total.

At least 222,408 people have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the country’s health ministry.

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