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Coronavirus Cases On The Rise In India; Exceeds 24 Million Spread Globally

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India currently has the largest number of confirmed cases in Asia. As of May 2021, India has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world (after the United States) with nearly 24 million reported cases of COVID-19 infection and 262,317 deaths as of 13th May 2021.

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India has risen above 24 million according to recent reports that the highly transmissible coronavirus mutant first detected in the country was spreading across the globe.

The second wave beginning in March 2021 was much larger than the first, with shortages of vaccines, hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and other medicines in parts of the country. By late April, India led the world in new and active cases.

The B.1.617 variant of the virus, first identified in India has been found in cases in eight countries of the Americas, including Canada and the United States, Jairo Mendez, a World Health Organization infectious diseases expert said.

Al Jazeera reports that people infected by the variant included travelers in Panama and Argentina who had arrived from India or Europe. In the Caribbean, cases of the Indian variant have been detected in Aruba, Dutch Sint Maarten and the French department of Guadeloupe.

Public Health England said the total number of confirmed cases of the variant had more than doubled in the past week to 1,313 across the United Kingdom.