As India grapples with the second wave of the COVID-19, rising cases of mucormycosis or ?black fungus? infection are becoming worrisome.

India has so far reported at least 8,848 mucormycosis cases.

“The Covid-19-linked infection has claimed more than 7,000 lives in the country,” said AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

According to reports, Gujarat reported a maximum of 2,281 mucormycosis cases followed by Maharashtra (2,000), Andhra Pradesh (910), Madhya Pradesh (720) Rajasthan (700), Karnataka (5, 00), Haryana (250), Delhi (197), Punjab (95), Chhattisgarh (87), Bihar (56), Tamil Nadu (40), Kerala (36), Jharkhand (27), Odisha (15), Goa (12) and Chandigarh (8).

At least 219 people in the country have lost their lives due to black fungus so far.

Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers D.V. Sadananda Gowda announced an allocation of 23,680 additional vials of Amphotericin-B in order to treat the deadly infection.

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