Indian data suggests runaway Covid infections as deaths hit daily record

Nearly two-thirds of people tested in India have shown exposure to COVID-19, a chain of private laboratories said on Wednesday, indicating a runaway spread of the virus as the daily death toll rose to a record 4,529.   India reported 267,334 new daily infections on Wednesday, taking its tally to 25.

5 million, the world's second highest after the United States, with a death toll of 283,248, health ministry data showed.   For months, nowhere has been hit harder than India by the pandemic, as a new variant discovered.

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