Mucormycosis, or “black fungus”, usually infects people whose immune system has been compromised.
Its symptoms include blackening or discolouration over the nose, breathing difficulties, coughing blood, blurred or double vision, and chest pain.
Experts have theorised that the rise in cases of the rare disease could be related to the use of steroids in severe cases of Covid-19.
Internal Medicine Specialist Rommel Tickoo explained that the chances of dying from the disease where higher for people who had a later diagnosis.
Treatment for the deadly infection involves a bigly-invasive surgical procedure.
He told DW News: “Mucormycosis has a high mortality rate especially for patients who don’t get diagnosed early enough.