KOMPAS.com – India reported a smaller daily addition of cases on Saturday, but the same day’s death toll remained close to 4,000.
From that data, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the second year of the pandemic could be worse than the first.
Over the past 24 hours, India has had 326,098 new cases of infection with 3,890 deaths. This was the lowest daily case addition in nearly three weeks, totaling 24.37 million cases.
However, the addition of this low case may also reflect a lower level of testing, which is at the lowest level since May 9, 2021.
In Geneva, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the second year of the pandemic was set to be a deadlier year than the first, with India being of great concern.
Reported Reuters, Saturday (15/5/2021), Tedros stated this in an online meeting on Friday (14/5/2021).
This was revealed after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concerns about the rapid spread of the disease through the countryside.
Over the past week, the South Asian country has added about 1.7 million new cases and more than 20,000 deaths. In India, the death toll reached 266,229.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country would speed up a vaccination program to try to contain the fast-spreading Indian variant B.1.617 that could stop the UK’s economy from re-opening.
Johnson’s comments came soon after India accepted a government panel recommendation for a longer lag of 12 to 16 weeks between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, from six to eight weeks now.
Cases have continued to decline in states hit by an initial surge in infections, such as the richest state in Maharashtra and the northern state of Delhi, after they imposed tight lockdowns.
But the eastern state of West Bengal, which held elections recently, saw its biggest spike in a single day, suggesting a drop in the overall caseload may take a while.
Infections in Modi’s home state of Gujarat fell below 10,000 after four consecutive weeks, but officials warned there was no relaxation in restrictions until they returned to levels seen before the outbreak of India’s second wave in mid-February.