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India Covid cases soar past 20 million: official data

 India Covid cases soar past 20 million: official data Men mourn the death of their relative, who died due to COVID-19, before the cremation in New Delhi, India, November 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)
New Delhi, India   ●   Tue, May 4, 2021 2021-05-04 12:05 12 9a83ea3b2805adb41e1c26538e5408ef 2 World India,COVID-19,case,vaccination,Narendra-Modi Free

India's total Covid caseload soared past 20 million on Tuesday, official data showed, as the pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the country's hospitals.

In the past 24 hours, India added 357,229 cases, taking the total to 20.3 million, according to the health ministry. Deaths rose 3,449 to 222,408. Many experts suspect the true number to be much higher.

India has added around eight million new cases since the end of March in a ferocious new wave blamed on virus variants and the government having allowed most activities to resume as well as huge religious and political gatherings.

This has overwhelmed India's chronically underfunded health care system, leading to dire shortages of hospital beds, drugs and oxygen, with patients dying outside packed clinics in New Delhi and elsewhere.

The daily number of new cases has, however, declined in recent days, having peaked at 402,000 on Friday.

"If daily cases and deaths are analysed, there is a very early signal of movement in the positive direction," senior health ministry official Lav Aggarwal told reporters on Monday.

"But these are very early signals. There is a need to further analyse it and make related efforts to monitor it on a continued basis," he added.