India Reports 4,529 Covid-19 Deaths in Single Day, a Grim New Record

Family members mourn after they received the body of a patient who died of covid-19 at a mortuary in New Delhi, India on May 18, 2021.
Family members mourn after they received the body of a patient who died of covid-19 at a mortuary in New Delhi, India on May 18, 2021.
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India recorded 4,529 new deaths from covid-19 on Wednesday, a grim new world record in a country that’s reeling from uncontrolled spread of the disease. India also reported 267,334 new coronavirus infections for the day.


Global health experts believe the actual number of new infections and deaths in India is likely much higher than the official count, though there are encouraging signs that the number of infections has started to level off.

India has reported over 25.5 million cases of covid-19 and 283,248 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The country has seen the second highest number of cases in the world, with the U.S. recording the highest number, over 32.9 million infections since the pandemic began.


India has vaccinated over 185.8 million people, with over 1.3 million people getting inoculated yesterday alone, according to the vaccination tracker maintained by the Hindustan Times. But India’s population is 1.36 billion people, meaning that it has quite a ways to go before it can reach herd immunity from covid-19.

India isn’t the only country in Asia struggling with a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. Malaysia recorded 6,075 new cases on Wednesday, according to Singapore’s Strait Times, a record high for the country. Health officials in Malaysia are now reportedly mulling a nationwide lockdown in an effort to dampen the spread of the virus, but no final decision has been made.

The only way out of the pandemic globally is getting as many people as possible vaccinated. So if you have the opportunity, get the shot. The faster that happens, the faster everyone can get back to normal.

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Times up, time to leave!

This has now hit the worst case scenario, BBC was reporting today about the Ganges being “bloated with corpses” as the unreported deaths there could be more than 10 times official numbers.

This quote staggered me; “officially 196 people had died from the virus in Kanpur between 16 April and 5 May, but the data from seven crematoriums showed nearly 8,000 cremations.” WTF????

Bodies washing up everywhere because the poor can’t afford cremation, non-stop cremations in parks and beaches and hundreds of bodies being buried on the beach every night.

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