India has overtaken Brazil to become the coronavirus second-worst hit country in the world as at Monday September 7,
The country recorded a total of 90,802 new cases overnight, taking the total number of cases to 4,204,613. India was able to move from three to four million cases in 13 days, while it took Brazil 25 and the US 16 days.
According to date released by India’s health ministry, less than a quarter of these cases are active and the recovery rate is more than 77%.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has given reason for the latest development saying the country stepped up testing capabilities with over a million tests every day, which is one reason for the spike in cases showing up in smaller towns, cities, and rural India.
The head of the COVID-19 rapid response team in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Dr. Harendra Kushwaha, said his team are overseeing two blocks of Makanpur and Kinauni that comprise of nearly 200,000 people, a task that is overwhelming for his ’80-strong group.’
Dr Kushwaha told Sky News: “These are corona warriors who are risking their lives meeting COVID-19 patients and their families.
“People don’t know if they are carrying the virus and may spread it indiscriminately. We have to break the chain.”