India, a nation of 1.4 billion people, is fast becoming the world’s coronavirus epicenter.
Daily cases have been ranging around a record 75,000-80,000.
It has been reporting the highest daily increases in new cases for more than three weeks, and at its current rate is likely to soon pass Brazil and ultimately the United States in total reported cases.
Infections have been spreading fast from people in India’s big cities to smaller towns and rural areas.
Its testing capacity of nearly 100,000 per day has been increasing but experts say it is not enough.
On Wednesday, the Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said the country had conducted nearly 44 million tests for the virus since the pandemic began.