COVID-19: India Surpasses Brazil With World’s Second-Highest Number Of Cases

According to data released by the Health Ministry, more than 71,000 people have died of the Coronavirus, making India the third-largest by death toll.

Jessica David

September 7, 2020

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India has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 cases, passing Brazil on Monday (September 7) to reach more than 4.2 million (42 lakh) confirmed infections as the pandemic surges across the South Asian nation. Now the global virus hotspot, India added the largest number of cases in a day with 90,802 recorded overnight on Sunday (September 6), according to data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). More than 71,000 people have died of COVID-19, making India the third-largest by the number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government initiated the world’s biggest virus lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion in late March, but the economic and social costs forced gradual reopening even as infections surged at a record pace. India’s economy posted the biggest contraction among major economies last quarter, with its gross domestic product shrinking 23.9 per cent in the three months to June from a year earlier. On the same day as India surpassed Brazil’s infection tally, the country’s largest metro system in the capital New Delhi began operating again, while limited religious and sporting events have been allowed to restart and bars are set to open.

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