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Queues form outside hospitals in India as cases rise

India has reported more than 314,000 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours for the first time, surpassing the record for infections in a single day previously set by the US in January.

The country also saw its deadliest day so far, as it recorded 2,104 deaths due to coronavirus in the day up to Thursday morning.

There are widespread shortages of oxygen and hospital beds in Delhi, currently the worst-affected single city, while the situation is also dire in the states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, which reported 67,468 and 33,214 new infections respectively.

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