The Times of India reported on April 28 that India has added 362,770 confirmed cases of pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease COVID-19) and 3,286 new deaths in the past 24 hours, setting a new record for both new confirmed cases and deaths in a single day. World Health Organization (WHO) experts believe that the epidemic in India is seriously underestimated, the actual number of infected people fear up to 530 million people.
The WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said in an interview with CNN on the 26th that the Indian epidemic is “seriously underestimated” due to limited detection capacity, and the actual number of infected people may have reached 20 to 30 times the official reported figure.
The report said that according to the official information on the epidemic in India, if calculated according to Swaminathan said 20 to 30 times, then the actual number of infected people in India may reach 350 million to 530 million or so.
WHO 27 pointed out that India recently faced a new wave of the epidemic, and the Indian people gathered in front of the hospital non-essentially, which is the main reason for the worsening of the epidemic. The epidemic in India has risen sharply recently due to the impact of large religious and political gatherings as usual, more infectious variants of the virus, and low vaccination rates.