Crowds Flock to Indian Vaccination Center

A large group of people gathered outside a vaccination center in the Indian village of Palakoderu, Thursday, May 6, displaying no signs of social distancing as COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the country.

READ MORE: India set another record in the current surge of new COVID-19 infections Thursday as officials warn that a third wave will sweep the country.

The Health Ministry reported a single-day record 412,262 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a record 3,980 deaths. The South Asian nation’s total COVID-19 figures now stand at just over 21 million confirmed cases and 230,168 deaths.

K. Vijay Raghavan, a senior government scientific adviser, warned Wednesday that a third wave of coronavirus infections would sweep the country as it struggles with the devastating effects of the current wave.

“Phase 3 is inevitable, given the high levels of circulating virus,” Raghavan said at a news briefing in New Delhi. “But it is not clear on what timescale this Phase 3 will occur. … We should prepare for new waves.”