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COVID-19: India passes 19 million infection mark, with over 400,000 cases daily

People cremate their family members and relatives at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 27, 2021. Saumya Khandelwal for TIME

The number of new coronavirus infections in India has passed the 19 million mark, reaching 19,164,969 on Saturday, with a peak of 401,993 new cases in a single day, according to the Ministry of Health.

This is the first time that more than 400,000 new cases have been recorded in 24 hours in this country.

In addition, 3,523 deaths since Friday morning brought the total death toll to 211,853.

U.S. announces travel restrictions from India

The White House on Friday announced travel restrictions from India beginning May 4 due to the high number of cases of COVID-19 and its multiple variants.

“Based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will immediately restrict travel from India,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki specified in a brief statement.

“This policy will be implemented due to the extraordinarily high number of COVID-19 cases and multiple variants circulating in India. The policy will go into effect on Tuesday, May 4,” it added.

The State Department recommended Wednesday that “U.S. citizens who wish to leave India take advantage of available commercial transportation options” in an updated Tier 4 travel advisory. The department also approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees from India.

India is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The federal health ministry said Friday morning that 386,452 new cases and 3,498 deaths related to the disease have been recorded in the last 24 hours in the country.