On Sunday, India confirmed a slight increase in daily COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row, but the death rate in the previous 24 hours exceeded 4,000, bringing the country’s number of deaths to 270,000.
On Sunday, health ministry analysis shows that deaths increased by 4,077, while infections significantly increased by 311,170, the smallest increase in daily cases in over three weeks. This week, total infections increased by over 2 million, with approximately 28,000 deaths.
In February, India’s huge second wave of infections started, putting hospitals and medical personnel under pressure. After enforcing heavy lockdowns, cases in states hit by an increased amount of infections, such as the richest state of Maharashtra and the northern state of Delhi, have declined significantly.
On Saturday, federal health officials confirmed that the overall rate of confirmed coronavirus cases per test had declined to 19.8% this week from 21.9 percent the week before, raising hopes that daily infections have begun to level off.
According to statistics from the government’s Co-WIN portal, the world’s biggest vaccine-producing nation had fully vaccinated just over 40.4 million people, or 2.9 percent of its 1.35 billion inhabitants, as of Sunday.
By July, India will have 516 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
The total number of infections in the South Asian country is 24.68 million.