India: COVID-19 cases surge past 7-million mark

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India became the second country after the United States to record over 7 million COVID-19 cases on Sunday, even as the pandemic continues to spread across the South Asian nation at a rapid pace.

The total tally of cases stood at 7,053,806 with 74,383 new infections since Saturday, according to a bulletin issued by the federal health ministry. There were 918 deaths in the same period taking total fatalities to 108,334, according to Deutsche press agency (dpa).

The virus has spread at an alarming pace in India since authorities started easing a strict lockdown at the end of May.

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The first case of Covid-19 in India was reported on January 30 and the tally reached its first million on July 16. The spread has been exponential since, with 6 million cases added in less than three months.

Latest trends show a decline with an average 70,000 daily cases reported over the past three weeks compared to 90,000 daily the first two weeks of September.

Although there is a downtrend, India is still reporting the highest daily infections globally for over a month.

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Experts warn that this could be a temporary lull as winter approaches along with the Hindu festival season and more and more people go back to workplaces.

At the current pace the disease is spreading India, a country of 1.3 billion people, looks set to soon overtake the US with (7,717,633 cases) as the country with the most infections.

In a positive, new recoveries of Covid-19 patients in India have exceeded fresh cases for more than three weeks, India’s health ministry said.

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