With 2,795 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s death toll now stands at 3,31,895, as per Union health ministry data last updated at 9 am.
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India’s Covid ordeal in May was the worst witnessed in any country for any month since the beginning of the pandemic, both in terms of the absolute number of cases and fatalities.
India officially recorded nearly 1.2 lakh fatalities during the month (over 1,19,000), which was 2.5 times the toll reported in the country in April (48,768).
Meanwhile, on Tuesday India recorded 1,27,510 new Covid-19 cases taking the national caseload to 2,81,75,044, as per health ministry data.
India recorded nearly 90.3 lakh Covid cases in May, by far the highest monthly count reported in any country so far. Although infections steadily declined through the second half of the month, the numbers overall were so high that the case count in May was 30 per cent higher than the previous record of 69.4 lakh, also reported in India in the month of April.
The worst month of the pandemic in the US was December when the country recorded 65.3 lakh cases. In total cases per million, however, the US count is 102,302, five times higher than India’s (20,144). The death toll from the pandemic in May was grimmer.