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The number of cases of infection with coronavirus in India has exceeded 24 million, Reuters reported.

The Indian variant of coronavirus B.1.617 has been detected in eight countries in the Americas, including Canada and the United States, as World Health Organization (WHO) infectious disease expert Jairo Mendez noted.

These options have more bandwidth, but so far we have not found any spillover effects, he said noting that the only concern is that they are spreading faster.

The human catastrophe unfolding in India and Nepal should be a warning to other countries in the region to invest heavily in building up their emergency response capacity, said Yamini Mishra of Amnesty International.

According to the Indian health ministry, 4,000 people have died in the last 24 hours, 343,144 new infections have been reported. While the number of infections exceeded 24 million, the death toll stood at 262,317.

The lack of testing in many places means that official estimates do not account for many deaths and infections, prompting experts to conclude that real numbers could be five to ten times higher.

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