India COVID-19 cases pass 1 million as rural cases surge

Indian people form a queue to get a nasal swab test for the coronavirus at Government Fever hospital in Hyderabad India Wednesday

India's coronavirus cases surge, closes in on 1 million

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi. The government has promised to accomplish this and if it does, it will be a huge relief, " said Dr Giridhara Babu, epidemiologist and member Karnataka Covid taskforce. "We have given the proposal to the government", said Kumar.

India has recorded more than one million Covid-19 cases after a record one-day spike.

With 1,652 new coronavirus cases and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capitals total Covid-19 tally rose to 1,18,645 cases and 3,545 deaths.

Texas reported 10,000 new cases for the third straight day and 129 additional deaths. According to Health Ministry data, India's recovery is nearly twice the number of active patients at 3,42,473.

"The current caseload remains manageable because of proactive measures of containment including house-to-house tracing, aggressive testing and timely diagnosis of cases", it said.

Coronavirus cases in India passed one million on Friday, official data showed as authorities struggle to check the spread of the deadly pandemic across the world's second-most populous nation.

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There have been a lot of questions around India's Covid-19 death figures, and most experts agree that they are probably being underreported.

Notably, in view of Bihar emerging as the latest COVID-19 hotspot, the central government has already sent a special team to assess the pandemic situation in the state and extend support wherever needed. The U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, and France are ahead of India as far as deaths are concerned. Over 5.9 lakh people have recovered. "On the global scale, cases/million population in India are four to eight times less than some European countries", the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that the case fatality rate at 18.6 deaths/million is one of the lowest in the world. The crowded urban areas, where many families live eight or even 10 people per room, make social distancing almost impossible, hastening the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

They also calculated the monetary value of the reduced mortality due to air pollution, and found that the lowered levels of PM2.5 may have saved 630 people from premature death, and United States dollars 690 million in health costs in India.

But several states and larger cities seemed unwilling to run the risk, with authorities reimposing a lockdown to try and hold back the surge, which could overrun their faltering healthcare services. The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths has risen 34 percent from two weeks ago, while the case count in that period shot up 43 percent.

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