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India experiences over 6,000 COVID-19 deaths in one day

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Kyle Barnett
Laborers affected by the COVID-19 lockdown queue up to receive cooked food distributed by Sikh volunteers, in New Delhi, on May 18, 2021. Photo by Abhishek/UPI
Laborers affected by the COVID-19 lockdown queue up to receive cooked food distributed by Sikh volunteers, in New Delhi, on May 18, 2021. Photo by Abhishek/UPI | License Photo

June 10 (UPI) -- India has recorded the highest daily body count since the COVID-19 pandemic began after nearly 6,200 deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in India on Wednesday.

The uptick in cases came as one state -- Bihar -- recorded deaths at home due to COVID-19.

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Bihar originally recorded 5,400 deaths but later adjusted it to 9,400 to account for COVID-19 deaths at home.

This year so far just under 360,000 in the country have succumbed to the disease.

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In the past three days the infection rate has remained under 100,000.

India has been dealing with a second wave infections that have wracked the country since February. Deaths have been increasing through April and May.

Shortages in oxygen and medication, as well as space to put those who have contracted the illness, have been challenges for India's medical community many of whom have contracted the disease in their efforts to assist others.

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India has reported more than 353,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

Just under 30 million infections have been recorded throughout the the country. India is lagging behind modernized nations in vaccine development and distribution.

The country has earmarked around $500 million to provide vaccines for the its 1.36 billion population.

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Early indications show Covaxin, the vaccine developed specifically for India, has a 78 percent effectiveness rate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged free vaccines to all Indian adults.

So far only 5 percent of the country has been fully vaccinated due as production of vaccines lags far behind need.

By December the country expects two billion doses of the vaccine will be ready.

Scenes from COVID-19 surge in India

Homeless and migrant laborers affected by the COVID-19 lockdown queue up to receive free cooked food distributed by Sikh volunteers in New Delhi, India, on May 18, 2021. Photo by Abhishek/UPI | License Photo

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