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Healthcare workers conducting COVID-19 tests in Mumbai on May 6, 2021. Photo: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Amazon told CNBC Thursday it is delaying its annual Prime Day sales in Canada and India as both countries struggle to control surges in new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: In an email reviewed by Bloomberg, the company said the delay was needed to protect "the health and safety of our employees and customers," though Amazon didn’t give a rescheduled date in either country.

Context: Amazon's two-day discount event was partially created to drive new Prime subscriptions and to give the company a sales boost in the middle of the year.

  • Though Prime Day normally occurs in July, Amazon said it would take place in June this year, according to CNBC.
  • Last year, Amazon put the event on-hold until mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: India reported more than 414,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and more than 3,900 new deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Canada reported more than 7,900 new cases and 42 deaths.
  • Hospitals in India are running critically low on oxygen supplies as new severe cases causes oxygen demand to jump "seven-fold," Axios' Rebecca Falconer reports.

Go deeper: Foreign aid pours into India as COVID-19 crisis worsens

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May 6, 2021 - World

India sets new COVID world record as oxygen demand jumps seven-fold

COVID-19 patients being treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic in Indirapuram, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Rebecca Conway/Getty Images

India has seen demand for oxygen jump "seven-fold" as the country set a new world record for daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, per AP.

By the numbers: India's health ministry reported 412,262 new infections, taking the official tally past 21 million, and 3,980 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The official death toll now stands at 230,168. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher.

Dave Lawler, author of World
May 6, 2021 - World

True COVID-19 death toll is double the official numbers, study finds

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Data: IHME; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

There have been twice as many deaths from COVID-19 around the world as have been reported, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which analyzed excess mortality and other factors.

The big picture: The U.S. has undercounted by over 300,000 deaths, while the death tolls in India and Mexico — second and third on the list, respectively — are nearly three times the official numbers, according to the analysis.