A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a passenger for the Covid-19 coronavirus test after arriving at a railway platform on a long-distance train, in Mumbai on April 14, 2021.
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India added a record 200,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, official data showed Thursday, as the country’s huge second wave accelerates.
The number of new infections in a day has more than doubled since early April, with a cumulative total 14.1 million cases.
India also added 1,038 deaths in the past day, taking the total to almost 175,000, the health ministry data showed, although on a per capita basis India is far behind many other countries.
This week, it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases — experts have blamed complacency about the virus and frustration for the surge.
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