India now has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases behind the US as infection rates soar
- Monday, a further 90,082 cases were recorded, with 1,016 new fatalities
- Increasing number of daily infections in cities and spreading to rural areas
- India has registered 4.2 million cases; the US, 6.2 million; and Brazil 4.1 million
- The death toll in India is 71,642, compared to 193,000 in the US and 126,000 in Brazil
India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases behind the US after a recent surge in infections.
With a nationwide figure of 4.2 million only exceeded by the US figure of 6.2 million, India is adding more cases every day this year than any other country since the outbreak of the pandemic.
An additional 90,082 cases were recorded Monday, with 1,016 new fatalities, and the rising number of infections is attributed to the spread of the disease to rural areas and increased testing.
India is doing remarkably well with a death toll of 71,642, compared to nearly 193,000 in the US and 126,000 in Brazil (which has the third highest case: 4.1 million).
* The UK is shown for reference, it has the 13th highest number of coronavirus cases in the world
There are several theories as to why this could be; most obvious is that the Indian population is younger, but it has also been speculated that the strain of the virus in the subcontinent may be less virulent, that Native Americans eat healthier foods, have more vitamin D, and have a more resilient immune system due to the spread of other infections.
But the increasing number of cases, showing no signs of declining, poses significant problems for the country’s poor health infrastructure.
“It is now becoming a double burden,” Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in the capital, told Reuters.
A medic wipes a man for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for the Covid-19 coronavirus at an Ayurvedic pharmacy in a residential area in New Delhi on Sept.7
‘The urban areas are not slowing down and the countryside is picking up.’
Monday’s jump was the third consecutive daily record in India, government data showed, with the numbers going past Brazil for the time being, although the time difference means the South American nation will release its corresponding figure later.
India says the increasing infections are also a reflection of the higher number of tests across the country, adding that high recovery rates show that the strategy of testing, detecting and treating is working and the situation is under control in a country of this size.
A doctor dons PPE before collecting swab samples from residents for COVID-19 coronavirus test in residential area in Mumbai on Sept. 7
Commuters were in short supply as New Delhi resumed metro rail services after a break of more than five months, with stations nearly deserted. Bars open from Wednesday in the capital.
Partial metro train services have also opened in the western city of Ahmedabad, the northern city of Lucknow and several other places, after nearly six months of suspension due to the pandemic.
Pressure for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is mounting to pull the economy out of a deep freeze following a severe freeze in businesses that closed businesses in March, leaving millions without jobs, causing June quarter GDP to shrink by 24%.