India overtakes Brazil in number of Covid-19 cases


The world's second-most populous country with 1.4 billion people, India has been recording the world's largest daily increases in coronavirus cases for nearly a month.

India has recorded more than 90,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Brazil. "India is really trying to beef up its testing regime".

Many experts, however, say it is not testing enough people and not properly recording many deaths, meaning the real numbers may be much higher. There are concerns that India has yet to see its peak in recorded cases. "Nobody knows. It is scary", Ravinder Gupta, a businessman from Mumbai told RFI. India has been testing more than 10 million people per day on average, with plans to ramp it up further. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said despite warnings by experts and the Congress party, the pandemic was not controlled by adhering to the policy of "Test-Trace-Isolate-Treat".

Indonesia has reported 3,444 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 194,109. The unprecedented migration not only hollowed out India's economy but also spread the virus to the far reaches of the country.

According to media reports, India is now the second worst COVID-hit country in the world after the United States. "There is the need for co-operation between the general public and the governing authorities if India's states want to beat coronavirus".

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"Single-day spike of 75,809 new COVID-19 cases and 1,133 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours".

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 8,83,862 cases wit 26,276 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar.

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Roughly 77 percent of those infected have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the ministry. Surjewala said adding the coronavirus infection is now spreading to smaller cities, towns and villages across the country, yet the Modi government carries on in a state of "ignorance and indifference".

The South Asian nation has recorded 4.20 million infections since the pandemic began, health ministry data showed, compared with 4.12 million in Brazil and 6.25 million in the U.S.