The death toll from the coronavirus in India surpassed 200,000 on Wednesday, with more than 3,000 deaths reported in twenty-four hours for the first time, according to official data. In total, 201,187 people have succumbed to the epidemic in the country, and 3,293 over the past twenty-four hours, according to the Ministry of Health, although many experts believe that the real toll is higher.
India has recorded a total of 18 million infections, with 360,000 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. Nearly six million new cases were added in this month of April alone. The explosion in the number of cases, attributed in particular to a variant of the virus and to large-scale political and religious rallies, has overwhelmed hospitals, which are sorely lacking in beds, medicines and oxygen.
The crisis is particularly severe in New Delhi, where breathless people are dying at the gates of crowded hospitals. India has so far administered 150 million vaccines and, from Saturday, the program will be extended to all adults, meaning an additional 600 million people will be able to benefit from it. However, many states report that their vaccine stocks are insufficient and experts are calling on the government to prioritize vulnerable groups and the most affected areas.