India’s daily COVID-19 cases hit 45-day low in second wave


May 29 (UPI) — India reported 173,790 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, marking its lowest single-day rise in 45 days.

The new figure continues a downward trend in the past couple weeks, according to the BBC, amid a second wave that has left the country dealing with a shortage of oxygen supplies and hospital beds.


The country reported more than 300,000 cases a day at the peak of the wave earlier this month.

According to the health ministry, India also reported 3,617 deaths Saturday.

Since the pandemic began, the country has had over 27 million COVID-19 cases, according to the latest Johns Hopkins global tracker tally, trailing only the United States, which has over 33 million cases.

India became the third country worldwide to surpass 300,000 total COVID-19 deaths Monday and has since reported more than 320,000 deaths, trailing only the United States which has over 590,000 deaths and Brazil, which has over 450,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, officials estimate a COVID-19 variant from India could be responsible for up to 75% of new COVID-19 cases in Britain, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“The latest estimates are that more than half and potentially as many as three quarters of all new cases are now of this variant,” British Health Minister Matt Hancock told the WSJ.

Britain has reported over 4 million cases and over 28,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the global tracker.

In Scotland, hotspots in the city of Glasgow have “significant community transmission,” Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf told BBC Radio 4’s Today, according to The Telegraph, adding that the Indian variant may have arrived through international travel.

Overall, daily COVID-19 cases were down in Scotland from 641 new cases reported Friday to 583 new cases reported Saturday, The Glasgow Times reported.

Still, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Glasgow would remain under tougher Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions because the cases in the city were “uncomfortably high.”