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COVID-19 Crisis in India: 24 million cases in total reported as variants spread Updated: 2021-05-14 15:03:43 KST

Dozens of bodies washed up near the Ganges River in India earlier this week, amid the growing number of COVID-19 infections in the country.
Foreign media reports claimed those bodies were suspected to be COVID-19 patients, causing local residents to worry about the situation.

"We told the administration earlier as well that people are dumping bodies into the Ganges river instead of cremating them because of the shortage of cremation wood."

With shortages of medical aid, India since late April, has been seeing up to 400-thousand new cases almost every single day.
Following the 32 million cases in the U.S., India's official coronavirus tally is now the second highest surpassing 24 million.
On Wednesday India's health ministry reported a record 42-hundred deaths.
The total death toll now stands at over 260-thousand.

The European Union has urged a halt to non-essential travel from India to stop the spread of Indian variants.
This 'Emergency Break' came after the WHO reclassified one of the Indian variants as a 'variant of concern.'
And, the UK government is also on alert, taking cautious steps over whether to ease lockdown restrictions.

"we want to make sure that we take all the prudential or the cautious steps now that we could take. So there are meetings going on today to consider exactly what we need to do."

Meanwhile many COVID-19 vaccination centers in India are currently closed due to a shortage of vaccines.
The Indian authorities have decided to extend the vaccination waiting period meaning people need to wait much longer, up to 16 weeks, to even receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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