(New Delhi) The Indian Ministry of Health said today, Saturday, India recorded more than 400,000 new cases of Coronavirus during the past 24 hours, in a precedent that is the first of its kind in the world.
About 401,993 new infections were identified, bringing the total in that country to more than 19.1 million. The number of deaths during the past 24 hours reached 3,523, for a total of 211,853 deaths.
Many experts believe the true numbers are much higher due to insufficient testing and inaccurate recording of the cause of death.
Indian authorities relaxed restrictions on most activities at the start of the year, when the number of infections dropped below 10,000 a day.
Mass religious gatherings, such as the Kumbh Mela, which drew millions of Hindu pilgrims, as well as political gatherings, were allowed to continue even as the number of cases began to rise sharply in late March.
In April alone, India detected about seven million new infections. However, the infection reported to the entire population remains relatively low compared to many other countries.