India, the third most affected country with four million cases

After the United States and Brazil, India in turn crosses the threshold of four million cases of Covid-19. With a new register of pollution cases reached on Saturday, the epidemic continues to develop in the country.

On Saturday, September 5, India became the third country in the world to cross the threshold of four million cases of coronavirus, in a country where the pandemic does not seem to be weakening.

With 86,432 new cases registered during the day, India has 4,023,179 infected people, coming shortly after the United States (over 6.3 million) and Brazil (4.1 million).

When the government eased the restrictions, India is currently the country with the fastest growing number of cases, with more than 80,000 per day, and the highest number of daily deaths over a thousand.

In just thirteen days, the second most populous nation on the planet has grown from three to four million cases, faster than the United States or Brazil.

The pandemic is now spreading in rural areas with inadequate health infrastructure and at the same time re-emerging in major cities such as New Delhi and Bombay.

The state of Maharashtra, which includes Bombay, has been at the center of the crisis since a national lockdown was declared in late March. Almost a quarter of the new daily cases are registered there.

Shamika Ravi, an economics professor and former government adviser who has closely followed India’s pandemic trends, said the country was “far from reaching its peak” and Maharashtra must become the “center” of the coronavirus campaign.

“There can be no control over Covid-19 in India without controlling the epidemic in Maharashtra,” she said on Twitter. “Given its economic importance, Maharashtra will continue to influence the spread of the infection elsewhere in the country.”

To limit the spread of the virus, New Delhi had by the end of March decided on a national containment that closed the entire country with 1.3 billion inhabitants and left tens of millions of people without sources overnight. of income.

But the authorities decided last week to ease the restrictions in an attempt to revive the economy.

With AFP