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India's coronavirus cases cross 4.6m after record surge in 24 hours

India's coronavirus cases cross 4.6m after record surge in 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, as many as 1,201 Covid-19 deaths were reported in India, official data showed. With 391 new deaths, the total number of fatalities in the state went up to 29,115, with a fatality rate of 2.81 per cent.Meanwhile, hospitals across satellite cities continued to face an acute shortage of oxygen cylinders on Saturday, with many refusing to admit critical patients while a few have started shifting patients to hospitals in Mumbai.

India said on Sunday (Sept 13) it was considering granting an emergency authorisation for a Covid-19 vaccine, particularly for the elderly and people in high-risk workplaces, as the country's number of reported infections passed 4.75 million.

AIR Correspondent reports, the number of recovered patients in the country has overtaken the active cases by almost 3.8 times. Three of those states - Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh - contribute more than 48 per cent of active cases. With over 3.6 million people beating the infection, the recovery rate is at 77.7 per cent.

The comments came as the Indian Health Ministry reported 94,372 new Covid-19 cases and 1,114 deaths on Sunday.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state with more than 28,000 COVID-19 fatalities.

The two dates were chosen so that infected individuals would likely display coronavirus antibodies, which start appearing by the end of the first week after the onset of symptoms, the paper said.

India has long breached US' single day tally of cases, but the USA still holds the single day deaths record of 2,494 on April 15.

With a total nearing 4.65 million cases, India's overcrowded cities, and the poor state of the country's healthcare system is making it nearly impossible for doctors and gravediggers alike to keep up with the raging pandemic.

The positivity rate of COVID-19 tests is 20 percent in the state.