• India accounted for one in four of the world’s coronavirus deaths last week, the WHO said.
  • It said India accounted for 46% of global cases and 25% of global deaths in the period.
  • India is battling a devastating surge that has overwhelmed hospitals, morgues, and crematoriums.
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India accounted for one in four deaths from the coronavirus in the world last week, the World Health Organization said.

The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update, published Tuesday, that India recorded 46% of global cases and 25% global deaths from April 26 to May 2.

A total of 5.7 million new cases and more than 93,000 deaths were reported around the world last week, the WHO said. Some 2.6 million of those cases were recorded in India alone, the agency said.

India is battling a record-breaking surge of the virus that has overwhelmed hospitals, morgues, and crematoriums. Hospitals are struggling with a critical oxygen shortage.

As of Wednesday, has recorded more than 20 million cases of the coronavirus and more then 226,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

It also reported a record 3,780 deaths in the 24 hours before Wednesday.

Experts have said that India’s COVID-19 death toll could be up to 10 times higher than reported.

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