The number of confirmed corona deaths in India has risen to more than 100,000 on Saturday, the most recent figures show Johns Hopkins University. Despite the increasing numbers, India is forced to relax corona measures due to economic problems.
Death toll in India is relatively low compared to other hard hit countries
The total death toll stands at 100,842 on Saturday. After the United States and Brazil, India is the third country to pass the grim milestone.
The number of positive tests increased by nearly 80,000 to nearly 6.5 million on Saturday. No other country reports such a high number of daily infections.
Despite the large number of corona deaths and positive tests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government continues to relax the measures that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The government feels compelled to do so as the country’s economy is close to collapse after the severe lockdown introduced in March.
Since this week, Indian cinemas are allowed to receive half the normal number of visitors again. Schools may also open their doors again in mid-October.
Indian health experts are also concerned that the situation in India is worse than the official figures show. Despite the high total death toll, few corona patients die in India compared to the US and Brazil. An expert at the Indian Center for Infectious Disease Research points out that the low average age of the Indian population may also play a role in this.
The experts are holding their hearts to the coming fall and holidays, including the Hindu festival of lights Diwali next month. They fear that this could lead to a rapid increase in the number of infections.