More people are dying from the coronavirus in India than ever before.
The country set a record last weekend for a single day, and surpassed that on Wednesday with 4,2-hundred-and-5 new deaths in the previous 24 hours.
That pushes its total fatalities past 250-thousand.
Experts say there are certainly far more deaths than have been counted, and India is running out of space at cemeteries and crematoriums.
Hospital beds, medical staff and oxygen are also in short supply, leaving patients untreated.
"My father has difficulty breathing, so we brought him here. There is no oxygen here. The hospital is in a very poor condition."
Also on Tuesday, the WHO confirmed that the COVID variant first detected in India last October has now reached 44 countries.
Outside of India, the UK has confirmed the largest number of those cases.
Earlier this week, the WHO upgraded its classification of the Indian variant from a "variant of interest" to a "variant of concern."
Taiwan, which has virtually escaped the pandemic, reported 16 new cases on Wednesday, the most in a single day so far.
The origin of these sudden cases is uncertain, but local reports say the island could raise its alert level in the coming days.
In the meantime, Japan reported more than 62-hundred cases on Tuesday, not far off its all-time high.
Its third state of emergency since the beginning of the crisis is now in effect in six prefectures.
The country's slow vaccination program, including a crash of its online vaccination booking system, casts further doubt on Prime Minister Suga's pledge of a million vaccine shots a day.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.