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Mass cremations are held as India’s capital faces deluge of COVID-19 deaths

Dozens of bodies of people who died from the coronavirus disease were cremated at a mass cremation site in New Delhi on Monday (April 26) as cases surged in India’s capital and across the country.

In some of the worst-hit cities such as New Delhi, bodies were being burnt in makeshift facilities offering mass cremations.

India ordered its armed forces on Monday to help tackle surging new coronavirus infections that are overwhelming hospitals, as countries including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged to send urgent medical aid.

India, with a population of 1.3 billion, has an official tally of 17.31 million infections and 195,123 deaths, after 2,812 deaths overnight, health ministry data showed, although health experts say the figures probably run higher.

(Production: Vanessa Romeo Cogollos, Liliana Ciobanu)

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