India's COVID-related fatalities has crossed the 3,00,000 mark thereby making it the third country after the United States and Brazil to clock such bleak numbers. The total fatalities stand at 315,263, reported Business Standard.
So far, the US has reported over 6,00,000 deaths and Brazil has recorded over 4,50,000 fatalities.
According to the data published by the Union Health Ministry, it took the country over a year to reach the 2,00,000 mark. However, nearly 1,00,000 deaths were reported between May 1 and May 23.
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh are the states that have recorded a maximum number of deaths.
Experts are of the opinion that the actual numbers may be higher since there is a possibility of cases going unreported by the states and the Centre. Last week, the World Health Organisation estimated that the global death toll could be two or three times higher than the numbers reported. The New York Times has estimated that the true death toll ranges from roughly double the official figures to potentially catastrophic levels of unacknowledged deaths of well over 1 million or even higher.
What Went Wrong?
Experts have put across several reasons that have led to the country witnessing an increase in virus-related deaths. The government's unpreparedness has been largely attributed as the reason behind the devastating second wave. Detection of virus variants and people letting their guards down have also been reported to trigger the suffering.
Since the beginning of April, the country had been witnessing a huge demand for critical medical supplies with hospitals raising SOS for life-saving gases and drugs. Meanwhile, patients overcrowding the health centres to get access to beds, and oxygen support.
The slow progress of the country-wide vaccination drive and eventually a shortage of vaccine supplies have further fueled the condition. Recent cases pointing at the emergence of black fungus and white fungus have added to the scare.
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