New Delhi is racing to contain the pandemic, as the Indian capital remains hardest-hit by the outbreak in the country. More than 500,000 cases were recorded nationwide. Follow Internationaldailyinfo for the latest.

India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released Saturday that showed a record daily jump of 18,500 new infections.

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Authorities said 15,685 people have died so far, after another 385 fatalities were added to the toll in 24 hours. The pandemic is not expected to peak in India for several more weeks and experts say the number of cases could pass 1 million before the end of July.

India has the world’s fourth-biggest outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19, below only the United States, Brazil and Russia in confirmed infections. Experts advising the federal government say the authorities should now prioritize reducing mortality over containing the spread of the virus.

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