The Indian government this Friday confirmed more than 340,000 new cases of coronavirus in the country, which have already exceeded the limit of 300,000 daily infections for more than three weeks and have passed the threshold of a total of 24 million after exceeding the 250,000 deaths during the day on Wednesday.
The Indian Ministry of Health has indicated that there have been 343,144 cases and 4,000 deaths in the past 24 hours, for a total of 24,046,809 infections and 262,317 deaths, respectively.
However, the Indian government has again noted a decrease in active cases in the country by around 5,600 to 3,704,893 and has re-established the 20 million threshold after confirming 344,776 discharges in the past 24 hours.
The ministry has stressed that Maharastra state, where Bombay is located, is another day with the highest number of reported cases and deaths, at 42,582 and 850 respectively. Maharashtra has been the epicenter of the new wave of coronavirus in the country, although the states of Karnataka and Kerala have seen a sharp upswing in recent days.
In this regard, Maharashtra authorities announced this Thursday that they would extend the restrictions, similar to a prison sentence, until June 1, as reported by Indian television broadcaster NDTV.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Health has highlighted that 170.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been vaccinated to date, although only 2.5 percent of the population have received the two doses required for immunization, despite complaints of drug shortages in several states.
As an additional note, Indian society awoke this Friday to the news of the death of a coronavirus patient after reporting that she had been raped by a nurse at a state hospital in Bophal in the center of the country.
The 43-year-old woman, a survivor of the 1984 gas leak tragedy in the area, was admitted to Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Center on April 6, and her physical condition deteriorated shortly after the complaint. He died late that night that same day.
The suspect, a man in his forties, has been in jail for a month pending trial. The case has not yet been disclosed at the express request of the victim.
Sources on the NDTV network have confirmed that the defendant also sexually assaulted a 24-year-old nurse and was previously suspended for consuming alcohol while at work.