India surpassed, this Monday (28), the mark of 6 million cases officially registered for infection with the new coronavirus, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.
According to the government, 82,170 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total of infected non-country for 6,074,702. India also reported that it counted 1,039 deaths in the same period, reaching 95,542.
In less than a month, India, which is the second most populous country in the world, with 1.3 billion inhabitants, hit the mark of 4 million cases (reached on the 5th) and that of 5 million (reached on the 16th).
The survey by the American university Johns Hopkins points out that the India lags behind United States in number of cases and deaths (7,115,338 infections and 204,758 deaths); and Brazil in number of deaths (141,776).
Experts call attention to the high rate of underreporting. Most regions of the country do not have a mechanism for recording any type of death, which affects the balance of victims of Covid-19. In rural areas, where the majority of the population lives, most deaths occur outside hospitals, which can also delay reporting.
India managed, at first, to contain the expansion of the new coronavirus with a strict confinement that lasted 70 days. Since July, about a month after the reopening began, the country has been experiencing a rapid acceleration in the number of Covid-19 cases.
In an attempt to stimulate the economy, the Indian government is gradually lifting restrictions on flights, trains, markets and restaurants. On the 21st of this month, the Taj Mahal, the most visited monument in the country, was reopened with a strict health protocol.
Although the numbers are increasing, the authorities rule out the imposition of a new confinement.
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