India has now reported more than 20 million coronavirus infections, including nearly 3.5 million people who are actively being treated for COVID-19.
The country’s health system is in a state of collapse as hospitals and clinics face dire shortages of beds and lifesaving supplies.
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.
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.
The most confirmed cases are in Maharashtra, which has reported nearly 4.8 million cases — roughly equal to Russia’s total.
India reports more than 357,000 new Covid cases as total crosses 20 million https://t.co/A5BDsDrNPn— CNBC (@CNBC) May 4, 2021
At least 222,408 people have died from COVID-19 in India, according to the country’s health ministry.