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India records more than 400,000 new daily cases, first country to do so in COVID-19 pandemic

India records more than 400,000 new daily cases, first country to do so in COVID-19 pandemic

People queue outside a government dispensary to buy Remdesivir, an antiviral drug amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Chennai on Apr 30, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Arun Sankar)

NEW DELHI: India recorded on Saturday (May 1) more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed.

According to the health ministry, 401,993 new infections were registered taking the total caseload to 19.1 million. There were 3,523 deaths, bringing the toll to 211,853.

Many experts suspect that because of insufficient testing and inaccurate recording of cause of death, the real numbers are much higher.

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Indian authorities lowered their guard in the early part of the year after infections fell below 10,000 per day, lifting restrictions on most activity.

Mass religious gatherings such as the Kumbh Mela, attracting millions of Hindu pilgrims, and political rallies were allowed to continue even when cases numbers began rising sharply in late March.

In April alone, India recorded about 7 million new infections. On a per-capita basis however India's caseload remains low compared to many other countries.

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Source: AFP/cna/zl

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