India, the second largest country in the world by population, is now facing difficulty in containing a second wave of infections much more severe than the first last year, which scientists say is accelerating due to the new strain and another strain that was first discovered in Britain.
And in a number that sets a precedent in the world, the Indian Ministry of Health announced, on Saturday, that more than 400,000 new cases of Coronavirus had been recorded, during the past 24 hours.
The ministry said that 401,993 new infections were counted, bringing the total number of these cases in India to more than 19.1 million.
The number of deaths reached 3,523 during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who died from Covid-19 to 211,853 people.
The rise in infections is the biggest crisis India has seen since Modi took office in 2014.
It is not clear, according to Reuters, how his approach to this problem could affect him and his party politically, noting that the next general elections are scheduled for 2024.