NEW DELHI, June 27 (Reuters) – Daily COVID-19 infections in India increased by 50,040 on Sunday, official data showed, as concerns grew over the detection of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus in some states .
The death toll from COVID-19 in the country has increased by 1,258, with 511 deaths reported in the state of Maharashtra, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The new variants are of particular concern in India, where more than half of the population has not been vaccinated. Less than 6% of India’s adult population of 950 million received two doses.
At least 20 cases have been found linked to the Delta variant, which India named last week as a variant of concern last week, according to the health ministry.
The official death toll in India is now 395,751, but experts and global health agencies such as the World Health Organization believe the toll could be much higher. Of the 35.51 million people infected, 29.25 million have recovered.
State governments eased lockdown restrictions earlier this month after a drop in cases, but scientists fear the presence of the Delta variant, which was first detected in India, and the slow vaccination pace could trigger another wave of infections.
Reportage by Manoj Kumar
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