Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday – CBC

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday – CBC

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Virologist says it’s ‘too early to say’ whether COVID-19 wave in India has reached its peak

May 12, 2021

India’s coronavirus deaths crossed a quarter million on Wednesday in the deadliest 24 hours since the pandemic began, as the disease rampaged through the countryside, overloading a fragile rural health-care system.

Boosted by highly infectious variants, the second wave erupted in February to inundate hospitals and medical staff, as well as crematoriums and mortuaries. Experts are still unable to say with certainty when the figures will peak.

Deaths swelled by a record 4,205 while infections rose 348,421 in the 24 hours to Wednesday, carrying the tally past 23 million, health ministry data showed. Experts believe the actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher, however.

Funeral pyres have blazed in city parking lots, and scores of bodies have washed up on the banks of the holy river Ganges, having been immersed by relatives whose villages were stripped bare of the wood needed for cremations.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-may12-2021-1.6023164

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