With over 414,000 new cases, India sets another world record for daily COVID infections

Lilaben Gautambhai Modi, 80, wearing an oxygen mask, sits inside an ambulance as she waits to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment

CNS photo / Amit Dave

India reported nearly 4,000 COVID-19 deaths Friday, with over 414,000 new infections, breaking the world record it set one day earlier. In India’s southwestern state of Goa, more than half of all people tested have coronavirus infections, one of the highest positivity rates of the pandemic.

Japan has extended a nationwide state of emergency as infections surge less than 80 days before the start of the Olympics. An online petition titled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives” gathered a quarter-million signatures in its first two days.

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