New record of coronavirus infections today in India. According to the news of the latest official bulletin, 414,188 new cases of covid-19 have been ascertained in the last 24 hours, with another 3,915 deaths. The active confirmed cases, reports the Times of India, are 3,645,164. In the Asian giant, with a population of over 1.3 billion inhabitants, there are 21,491,598 infections since the beginning of the pandemic and the death toll has risen to 234,083 victims. The New Delhi government’s chief science advisor, K VijayRaghavan, admitted that experts had not foreseen the “ferocity” of the second wave and said that in the country “a third wave” of the pandemic is inevitable. Also of concern is the new “double mutant variant” (B.1.617) first discovered in March in India and which could be responsible for the second wave of deaths as it has been identified in several Indian states with a high number of cases. These include Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, while attempts are being made to run for cover. The state of Kerala in southern India, for example, has decided to go into full lockdown from 8 to 16 May. This was announced by the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, on Twitter. “Phase three is inevitable, given the high rate of circulation of the virus,” K VijayRaghavan added during a press conference. “But it is not clear when this phase three will occur. We must prepare for new waves,” he added. Italy has confirmed the ban on entry from India until May 30. The Indian variant led to the extension of the ordinance with the stop which also affects Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the exception of Italian citizens.