India second highest number of Covid-19 cases behind the US

India now has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases behind the US as number of infections surges

  • Another 90,082 cases were recorded on Monday, with 1,016 new fatalities
  • Rising number of daily infections in the cities and is spreading into rural areas
  • India has recorded 4.2 million cases; the US, 6.2 million; and Brazil 4.1 million
  • India’s death toll stands at 71,642 compared to 193k in the US and 126k in Brazil

India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases behind the US after a recent surge in infections.  

With its nationwide tally of 4.2 million exceeded only by the U.S. figure of 6.2 million, India is adding more cases each day than any other country this year since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

Another 90,082 cases were recorded on Monday, with 1,016 new fatalities, and the rising number of infections is attributed to the disease spreading to rural areas and increased testing.

India has fared remarkably well with a death toll of 71,642, compared with nearly 193,000 in the US and 126,000 in Brazil (which has the third highest cases: 4.1m). 

* The UK is shown for reference, it has recorded the 13th highest number of coronavirus cases in the world

There are several theories as to why this might be; most obvious is that India’s population is younger, but it has also been speculated that the strain of the virus in the subcontinent may be less virulent, that Indians eat healthier foods, they have more vitamin D and that they have more resilient immune systems due to the spread of other infections.

But the rising number of cases, which show no signs of abating, pose considerable difficulties for the country’s poor health infrastructure.  

‘It’s becoming a double burden now,’ Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in the capital, told Reuters.

A medic swabs a man for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for the Covid-19 coronavirus at an ayurvedic dispensary in a residential area in New Delhi on September 7

‘The urban areas are not slowing down and rural areas are picking up.’

Monday’s jump was the third straight daily record in India, government data showed, provisionally carrying its tally past Brazil, although the time difference means the South American nation will release its corresponding figure later. 

India says its rising infections also reflect higher rates of testing nationwide, adding that high recovery rates show its strategy of testing, tracing and treatment is working and the situation is under control in a country of its size.

A mdeic dons PPE before collecting swab samples from residents for the COVID-19 coronavirus test in a residential area in Mumbai on September 7

Commuters were sparse as New Delhi resumed metro rail services after a break of more than five months, with stations nearly deserted. Bars will open from Wednesday in the capital.

Partial metro train services also opened in the western city of Ahmedabad, the northern city of Lucknow and several other places, after nearly six months of suspension over the pandemic.

Pressure is growing for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pull the economy out of a deep freeze after a severe lockdown in March shuttered businesses, leaving millions without jobs, bringing a 24% contraction in June-quarter GDP. 

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