India becomes the second country in the world with the most cases of covid

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India This Monday has become the second country in the world with more cases of contagion coronavirus covid-19, behind the United States, as its balance exceeded that of Brazil, in a context of global progression of the pandemic.

In india, the second most populous nation on the planet with 1.3 billion inhabitants, 4.2 million COVID-19 infections have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the Indian Ministry of Health, while in Brazil there were 4.12 million and in U.S6.25 million infections, according to figures compiled by AFP from official data.

Despite these disturbing figures, India has not interrupted the process of deconfiguration. On Monday, the metro was back on the road in most cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, two major epidemic hotspots, after being closed for nearly six months.

The growth rate of new cases is progressing at a “quite alarming” rate, the virologist said. Shahid Jameel, from the Wellcome Trust / DBT India Alliance. “In the last two weeks, the average went from around 65,000 to 83,000 cases per day, or an increase of around 27% in two weeks and 2% per day,” Jameel told AFP.

Third in death toll

The Indian Government accounts for 71,642 deaths due to the covid-19 pandemic, below Brazil with 126,203 deaths and the United States with 188,540. However, many experts believe that the numbers of cases and deceased they are underestimated due to the relatively low number of tests and the causes of death are often misstated.

India, with some of the most densely populated cities in the world, is the country with the highest number of new daily cases. The number of cases surpassed the four million barrier on Saturday, just 13 days after having crossed the three million mark.

India performs more than 10 million daily tests and expects to increase the number of tests in the coming days. The Indian Council for Medical Research, which coordinates the government response, announced that from now on it will not be necessary to have a prescription to take the test.

Asymptomatic cases

“That will allow us to discover more asymptomatic cases, which are the real source of this progression in India,” said Jameel. “More tests will have to be done in rural districts and villages since two-thirds of the cases come from there,” he added.

Due to covid-19, India registered between April and June of this year a 23.9% drop in the START. The situation in India coincides with the trend in several other countries where the pandemic, after an apparent containment at the end of the boreal spring, now causes new infections, with an alarming rise in these, particularly in Europe, in the period of back to school , college, or work after summer vacation in the northern hemisphere.

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