India has world’s fourth-highest number of Coronavirus cases

Healthcare workers write down details of residents in a slum during a check-up camp for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, on 17 June 2020.

Healthcare workers write down details of residents in a slum during a check-up camp for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, on 17 June 2020. File photo/Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

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ON THE WEB, 21 June 2020

India now has the fourth-highest number of Coronavirus cases in the world, trailing only the US, Brazil, and Russia, with more than 411,000 cases and 13,277 deaths, according to the website ncov2019.live that tracks the global pandemic record.

The country saw an increase of 15,915 (4.02%) cases in the last 24 hours on Saturday — the highest single-day rise yet.

An estimated 6,616,496 samples have been taken since the first case was detected on 30 January in Thrissur, Kerala.

India stepped up testing for the infection, but it’s one of the lowest rates in the world for a population of 1.3 billion.

With no end in sight, and the numbers surging rapidly, observers wonder how India will manage a crisis as severe as the Coronavirus, for a country that has 0.55 hospital beds per 1,000 people, and only 48,000 ventilators.

Public places such as restaurants, malls, and places of worship across the country have been reopened since 8 June in part of Unlock 1 after the country-wide lockdown for 68 days beginning 25 March.

Globally the virus has infected 8,859,147 people in 220 countries and territories, and 464,816 have died from COVID-19 caused by Coronavirus, following an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in early December.

The US is leading the chart with 2,319,774 infected cases, and 121,804 deaths.


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