May 29 (UPI) — India reported 173,790 brand new COVID-19 instances Saturday, marking its lowest single-day rise in 45 days.
The new figure continues a downward tendency in the past couple weeks, according to this BBC, amid a second wave which has left the country dealing with that a shortage of oxygen equipment and hospital beds. )
The country reported more than 300,000 instances a day in the peak of the tide earlier this month.
According to the health ministry, India also reported 3,617 deaths Saturday.
Since the pandemic began, the nation has had over 27 million COVID-19 cases, according to the latest Johns Hopkins worldwide tracker tally, trailing only the United States, that includes over 33 million cases.
India became the third country worldwide to transcend 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 includes over 450,000 deaths. )
Meanwhile, officials estimate a COVID-19 variant from India could be liable for up to 75% of fresh COVID-19 instances 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 more than 4 million cases and more than 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 Today, based on The Telegraph, adding that the Indian variant could have came through international journey.
Overall, daily COVID-19 instances 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 declared Glasgow would stay under more demanding Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions becau