India is racing to contain a second wave of the coronavirus. India added the most coronavirus cases in close to four months, causing active infections to climb back to the 3-lakh mark, at a time the nation rolled out the world’s biggest inoculation programme to contain its massive outbreak.
The outbreak is centered on the state of Maharashtra. Entire districts of the state have gone back into lockdown. Scientists are investigating whether a new strain found there is more virulent, like variants found in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
Officials are under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to aggressively ramp up testing and vaccination, especially in Mumbai, to avoid disruptions like last year’s dramatic nationwide lockdown and resulting economic recession.