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India health officials battle "black fungus" infections as COVID death toll tops 300,000

Health officials in India are scrambling to contain a potentially fatal fungal infection affecting people being treated for or who've recovered from COVID-19, as the official coronavirus death toll surpassed 300,000 on Monday.

Why it matters: Mucormycosis, the "black fungus" infection, is still quite rare, with some 9,000 cases as of Saturday, per NDTV. But Indian health services are overstretched treating COVID-19 patients amid sluggish vaccine deliveries, with oxygen and other supplies running out in many places, AP notes.

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