India breaks daily death record amid strain on hospitals

India has confirmed 4205 more deaths, setting another daily record and taking its official COVID-19 toll past 250,000 as it battles a ferocious surge in infections.

India breaks daily death record amid strain on hospitals

India has confirmed 4205 more deaths, setting another daily record and taking its official COVID-19 toll past 250,000 as it battles a ferocious surge in infections.

Daily coronavirus cases rose by 348,421, pushing India's total past 23 million, according to the health ministry.

The figures are considered vast undercounts due to insufficient testing and records among other factors.

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On Tuesday, authorities warned that nearly 90 per cent of districts in the country are seeing a high positivity rate, sparking fears the virus is spreading fast into rural areas.

India's recent surge has been blamed on more contagious variants as well as government decisions to allow massive crowds to gather for religious festivals and political rallies.

Even though daily cases have shown very early signs of flattening, experts have cautioned authorities to not let down their guard.

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With nearly four million cases still active, health care systems remain strained with limited hospital beds, oxygen and medicine.

Many states have imposed their own restrictions to curb infections, and the southern state of Telangana became the latest to announce a 10-day lockdown on Tuesday.

Calls and pressure for a nationwide lockdown have been mounting.

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Iconic Aussie festival announces new date after Easter cancellation

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Bluesfest 2021 was originally set to go ahead in the opening week of April, before NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard cancelled it due to COVID-19 concerns.

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It was also cancelled in 2020, during the height of the pandemic.

But this afternoon, the organisers announced the festival would take place in October.

"It's finally here! The announcement you have all been waiting very patiently for," the Bluesfest Byron Bay Twitter account posted.

"Bluesfest 2021 will be back this year over the October long weekend - Friday, 1st of October to Monday, 4th of October."

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Ticketholders from the first event will take first priority.

"Current Bluesfest 2021 patrons will receive official communication from our ticket provider, Moshtix, and will be given options on how to redeem your rollover with an option to refund remaining available," the Bluesfest website states.

More details will be available closer to the event.

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