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India Reports Over 400K New COVID Cases In One Day

Over 400,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in India on Saturday as the  new surge there continues to ravage the country.

Forty percent of new cases globally are in India where over 3,000 people a day are dying from the virus.

From the Washington Post:

The soaring number of cases prompted the United States to restrict travel from India on Friday. Dozens of countries have begun sending aid to bolster hospitals overwhelmed by patients and short on oxygen.

On Saturday, a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, issued an SOS for oxygen supplies, saying its tank was empty.

Eight coronavirus patients died over the next hour before it was refilled, said S.C.L. Gupta, the medical director of Batra Hospital. The dead included one of the hospital’s own doctors. “We have lost him,” Gupta said.

The 7-day rolling average of new daily cases in India was more than 357,000 on Thursday. That’s five times what it was just a month ago.

A tight lockdown last year helped the country avoid huge case numbers, but clearly officials relaxed those restrictions far too soon.

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