India passed the 27 million case threshold this Wednesday after reporting more than 200,000 cases on the previous day of crossing that contagion barrier again after falling below it for the first time since mid-April on Tuesday.
The Indian Ministry of Health said in its balance sheet published on the social network Twitter that there have been 208,921 positive and 4,157 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 27,157,795 and 311,388 respectively.
The country has seen a drop in case numbers in recent days – over 300,000 daily infections after three weeks, and over 400,000 even four days in early May – although that hasn’t resulted in a decrease in the number of deaths.
The ministry has also stated that 2,495,591 cases are currently active in the country, 91,191 fewer than the previous day, and estimated the total number of patients recovered from COVID-19 at 24,350,816, including 295,955 on the last day.
In the past few days, the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have seen significant increases in infections, while Maharashtra – where Bombay is located – so far the epicenter of the new wave of falls, has confirmed a decrease in the number of positive cases.
In light of this situation, the government on Tuesday urged states to speed up vaccination rates, although some local authorities have warned of doses shortages in recent weeks to keep the campaign active.
For his part, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the work of health workers “who selflessly risk their lives every day to help other people in need”.
“I would like to express my condolences to those who have suffered and lost their loved ones,” he said before adding that “the planet will not be the same after COVID-19,” Indian television broadcaster NDTV reported.