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3 May, 4 tweets, 2 min read
India postponed exams for trainee doctors and nurses, freeing them up to fight the world’s biggest surge in coronavirus infections, as the health system crumbles under the weight of new cases and hospitals run out of beds and oxygen 1/4
The total number of infections so far rose to just short of 20 million, propelled by a 12th straight day of more than 300,000 new cases. Medical experts say actual numbers in India could be five to 10 times higher than those reported 2/4
Hospitals have filled to capacity, supplies of medical oxygen have run short and morgues and crematoriums have been overloaded with corpses. Patients are dying on hospital beds, in ambulances and in carparks outside 3/4
Offering a glimmer of hope, the health ministry said positive cases relative to the number of tests fell on Monday for the first time since at least April 15 4/4

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