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U.S. aid en route to India as new cases continue to break records

A medical worker tends to a patient suffering from covid-19 in the ICU ward at Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi on Thursday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)
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U.S. flights carrying urgent coronavirus aid for India were en route Thursday, the White House said in a statement, as health officials reported another record number of new cases across the country.

India’s health ministry reported 379,257 new infections Thursday — a global record — and 3,645 deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to more than 18 million. The U.S. government will deliver more than $100 million worth of supplies for overstretched hospitals and front-line health-care workers in India, according to the White House.

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The State Department is urging U.S. citizens to leave India “as soon as it is safe to do” and to avoid traveling there, pointing to “severely limited” access to all kinds of medical care.

Here are some significant developments:

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