India COVID-19 cases surge past one million to third highest in the world

India COVID-19 cases surge past one million to third highest in the world

New Delhi: India hit a milestone Friday morning that it had made great sacrifices to avoid: recording over 1 million coronavirus infections.

The virus has been eating its way across this country of 1.3 billion people and gaining speed, fueled by high population density,

But as India’s number of confirmed new infections keeps hitting record highs, many states and cities have been locking down again.

It comes after India lifted its lockdown of 1.3bn residents last month.

In some areas, lengthy lines of bodies snake out of cremation grounds.

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India is racking up about 30,000 new reported infections each day —

more than any other country except the United States and Brazil.

India now has the third-highest total cases — 1,003,832 cases and 25,602 deaths — after the United States and Brazil.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimate that by

the end of next year, India will be the worst-hit country in the world.

“We have paid a price for laxity,” said K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India,

a nonprofit organization of public health experts and academics.

About 25,000 deaths have been officially attributed to COVID-19,

but testing remains scanty, so the actual figure could be significantly higher.

They have shut schools and universities since March with no

obvious plans to reopen, leaving nearly 278 million students with little to do.

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