India’s virus cases decline, but WHO expert says positive tests ominously high

18th May, 2021

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A heath worker in protective suit takes nasal swab sample of a girl to test for Covid-19 in a slum area in Gauhati on May 17. — AP

NEW DELHI: India reported a further decline in new coronavirus cases on Monday but daily deaths remained above 4,000 and experts said the data was unreliable due to a lack of testing in rural areas where the virus is spreading fast. For months now, nowhere in the world has been hit harder than India by the pandemic, as a new strain of the virus fuelled a surge in infections that has risen to more than 400,000 daily.

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