With 90,802 new cases registered overnight, India has now surpassed Brazil to become the second-worst affected country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, taking the total number of infections to 4,204,613.
In what many people have described as high speed rate, It took India just 13 days to move from three to four million cases, while it took Brazil 25 and the United States16 days.
India now has the highest infection rate anywhere in the world, with a daily record of new COVID-19 cases,
Luckily for the Asian country it has a high recovery rate of more than 77% and less than a quarter of these cases are active according to the Indian health ministry.
But despite the fact that the fatality rate may be low at 1.7%, which is one of the lowest rates in the world, unfortunately more than 70,000 people have died from the virus so far.
It is yet to identify why the dead rate is very low, although experts have pointed to India’s younger population, a potentially less virulent strain of coronavirus strong immune systems and the country’s high heat levels as potential reasons.
The government has ramped up its testing capabilities with over a million tests every day, which is one reason for the spike in daily cases.
But the concern is over large numbers of cases showing up in smaller towns, cities and rural India.
The government ability to do over a million tests every day, is one reason for the spike in daily cases.
The area that has been of great concern is the issue of large numbers of cases showing up in smaller towns, cities and rural India.