India's coronavirus death toll passes 300,000

Record 20.66 lakh COVID-19 tests done in a day in India Govt

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India now stands at 2,62,89,290 with total 2,30,70,365 discharges.

Total infections in the country stood at 26.3 million, the second highest in the world after the United States, while the country's total death toll was 295,525.

Hundreds of villagers broke Covid lockdown in India to attend a funeral for a horse as the country's official death toll topped 300,000 today.

More than 20.61 lakh tests for detection of COVID-19 were conducted in a span of 24 hours in the country, the highest-ever tests done in a single day, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 12.59 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

A COVID-19 patient takes oxygen inside a vehicle outside a government hospital in Gauhati. Almost 30,000 COVID-19 patients have died since May 15.

The next 100,000 deaths were recorded in just 27 days after new infections tore through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelmed health care systems on the brink of collapse.

Its far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been widely condemned for his coronavirus scepticism and pandemic management, with Brazil's death toll topping 450,000.

However, Professor Susan Hopkins, PHE's COVID-19 strategic response director, said the data trend was "quite clear" and was heading in the "right direction".

But while megacities such as Mumbai and New Delhi see some signs of improvement, the virus appears to be taking a ghastly toll in the country's vast rural areas.

In rural villages, fever and breathlessness took people before they were tested for coronavirus.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,64,84,155 samples have been tested up to May 21 for Covid-19.

More than 19,50,04,184 vaccines doses have been administered to the beneficiaries so far, the government said.

Seven states including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan account for 66.88 per cent of India's total active infections, the health ministry had said. "All 400 vaccination sites for 18-44 age group closed in Delhi; Covaxin centres for 45-plus people shut too", Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Monday.

The world's largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 41.6 million people, or only 3.8% of its 1.35 billion population.