India Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Deaths

India recorded the highest daily COVID-19 deaths in the world on May 19, according to data from its health ministry.

The health ministry reported 4,529 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide toll to 283,248 — the third highest in the world after the United States and the Brazil.

The U.S. previously held the global record for the highest daily deaths when it reported 4,475 deaths last Jan. 12, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

According to the Indian Medical Association, at least 270 doctors have died nationwide in the latest wave of the pandemic.

India also reported 267,334 new cases in the last 24 hours, which is the third consecutive day the South Asian country recorded below the 300,000 mark.

The total number of cases in India has reached over 25,496,330 million — the second highest in the world after the U.S.

Data from the health ministry also showed that India has administered 185,809,302 vaccine doses across the country, but its vaccination drive has been slowing down as many states report that they do not have enough vaccine doses to administer for their residents.

A more contagious variant of the virus first detected in the country — B.1.617.2 — has been blamed for the rapid surge in cases.

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