For the first time this Friday, India registered more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in a single day. This increases the total number of people infected to over 625,000 and keeps the Asian country closer to Russian data as the fourth largest of the world’s worst affected by the pandemic.
The Indian Ministry of Health has reported 20,903 additional cases, a total of 625,544. According to NDTV, the death toll has increased to 18,213, 379 more than on Thursday, while nearly 380,000 people have overcome the disease.
The Indian Medicines Agency approved this Friday a trial of a second possible vaccine against COVID-19 in humans, at a time when the country is chaining the worst infection rates since the pandemic started. India has around 1.3 billion inhabitants and is the second most populous country in the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the “negligence” of the public on Tuesday and urged them to be “more careful”, for example wearing masks or keeping their distance. The president has defended in recent weeks that the health emergency could also be an “opportunity” to move towards less dependence on other countries.