India’s Daily COVID-19 Cases Double In 10 Days To 200,000

India’s Daily COVID-19 Cases Double In 10 Days To 200,000

India has reported a record 200,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, official data showed Thursday, as the country’s huge second wave rises.

The number of new infections in a day has increased two-folded since early April, with a cumulative total of 14.1 million cases.

India also reported 1,038 deaths in the previous day, taking the death toll to almost 175,000, according to the health ministry data, although on a per capita basis India is far behind many other countries.

This week, Brazil became the country with the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases. As per experts there, complacency about the virus and frustration are the main reasons for the surge.

Due to mass religious festivals, political rallies, and spectators at cricket matches, India is facing a ferocious new wave with nearly two million fresh cases this month.

The lockdown a year ago resulted in widespread misery and is considered one of the sharpest declines of any major economy. Now the central government of India is desperate to avoid a massively second shutdown.

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But many states are imposing strict measures, in particular, Maharashtra and capital Mumbai, which this week announced tougher restrictions for its 125 million people.