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22 COVID patients die in Indian hospital as leak cuts oxygen supply

New Delhi — At least 22 coronavirus patients who were in critical condition died at an Indian hospital on Wednesday when the oxygen supply to their ventilators was cut off for about half an hour due to a leak.  "As per the information available with us, the leakage was spotted at the oxygen tank which was supplying oxygen to these patients," Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told reporters. "The interrupted supply could be linked to the deaths of the patients in the hospital."The incident happened at Dr Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital, a dedicated COVID-19 treatment facility in Nashik city, Maharashtra state. An oxygen tank is seen leaking outside a hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra state, India, on April 21, 2021, where 22 COVID-19 patients died due to to the l...
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India's COVID 2nd wave is a tsunami, and it's taking a grim toll

New Delhi — Most hospitals are full. In some cases, two patients share a bed. Stocks of oxygen, medicines and vaccines are all running out. Doctors and nurses are overworked. Thousands of patients are dying every day, leaving bodies to pile up outside crematoriums and graveyards. There's panic in the air as coronavirus cases multiply across India at the most fearsome rate since the pandemic struck more than a year ago.  India's second wave really started gaining steam this month, with the daily count of new infections repeatedly setting new records throughout April. The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in India now stands at over 15 million. More than 1.5 million of those infections have been reported in the last seven days alone. The daily average is now about 220,000 new ca...
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COVID is out of control in Brazil, and that's a threat to the world

Sao Paulo, Brazil — Brazil is bracing for what could be its deadliest month yet in the coronavirus pandemic. Vast cemeteries, where new graves are being dug around the clock, show the scale of the disaster. U.S. health officials say Brazil's daily COVID-19 death toll is expected to hit nearly 3,500.Johns Hopkins University data shows that almost 355,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil — the highest confirmed death toll in any country but the United States. An aerial view of an excavator digging graves on the last piece of land available as new burials are suspended, except private deposits and children, at Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery in Sao Paolo, Brazil, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease April 1, 2021. ...
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India sees record number of daily COVID infections as 2nd wave grows

New Delhi — India reported 103,558 new coronavirus cases on Monday, crossing the 100,000 mark for daily infections for the first time since the pandemic began. With a total of 12.6 million people having tested positive for COVID-19 in the country, India has the world's third-largest epidemic by caseload. Only the U.S. with 30 million and Brazil with just under 13 million have recorded more cases of the disease. India also reported 478 more COVID-19 deaths on Monday, taking the total to 165,101, and hospitalizations are rising along with the number of positive cases.The daily number of new cases has been rising since February amid a second wave of coronavirus infections. During the first wave in September, daily cases peaked at 97,570, but those numbers dropped sharply over the winte...
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France heads wearily into a 3rd COVID lockdown as infections surge

Paris — France is going back into lockdown as the country battles a third wave of coronavirus infections. It's the third time during this pandemic that the French have been told to stay home. This lockdown starts on Saturday and is due to last four weeks. The numbers of new coronavirus infections keeps soaring, with 59,000 new cases recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday alone. To date, 4.64 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in France, and the disease has claimed almost 96,000 lives.Hospitals across the country are overflowing and non-essential surgeries are being cancelled. More than 5,000 patients are in intensive care this week. Medical workers, wearing protective gear, work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from the coronavi...
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How COVID is dealing Pope Francis a double blow this Holy Week

Rome — This is not the Holy Week that Pope Francis wanted. On Palm Sunday, Francis said the devil was taking advantage of the pandemic, which, for the second year in a row, is taking a toll on people's lives, as well as Church collection plates.He's long been called "the People's Pope," but as CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay reports, since the pandemic struck, Francis has been the pope with no people.The pontiff may lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, but it's the virus still reigning at the Vatican this Holy Week, more than a year after the COVID-19 outbreak first exploded in Italy. Pope Francis attends the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, April 1, 2021 at the Vatican. Vatican Pool/Getty ...
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Animals are most likely the source of COVID-19, draft report says

A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new insight into how the virus first emerged and leave many questions unanswered, though that was as expected. But the report, a draft copy of which was also obtained by CBS News, does provide more detail on the reasoning behind the researchers' conclusions. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.The report, which is expected to be made public Tuesday, is being closely watched since discovering the origins of the virus could help scienti...
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"Unbelievable" bureaucracy plagues Germany's COVID vaccination drive

Berlin — The German government's coronavirus response has descended into chaos. Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to rescind a last-minute order this week for a strict Easter lockdown — accepting there was no time to implement the measure despite rising infections.  It was just the latest misstep by her coalition government as it faces withering criticism for its handling of the pandemic, particularly its faltering vaccine rollout.The need to boost inoculations is growing more urgent as a third wave of COVID-19 infections spreads across Germany. The head of the government's health agency warned on Friday that Germany could see as many as 100,000 new cases per day if the disease's spread isn't curbed. Europe's largest economy, along with its European Union partners, has lagged far ...