India to Ease Coronavirus Restrictions After Reporting Decline in Infections

A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station platform in Mumbai, India, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India will begin easing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions after reporting its lowest daily number of new coronavirus infections in two months, Reuters reports.

The South Asian country on Sunday reported 114,460 new infections. For much of April and May, the country was reporting over 300,000 cases daily, peaking at over 400,000 in mid-May.

India has been heavily impacted by a second wave of coronavirus infections that has drained much of its health system’s resources. It currently has the second highest number of COVID-19 infections with 28.8 million confirmed infections, though health experts believe these numbers are likely being underreported.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 346,759 deaths have been confirmed so far. Over 218 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country of more than 1.3 billion.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Joseph Choi

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