India overtakes Italy as sixth worst hit country

Grant Boone
June 7, 2020

The coronavirus disease has not "exploded" in India, but the risk of that happening remains as the country moves towards unlocking its nationwide lockdown that was imposed in March to contain the COVID-19, according to a top World Health Organization expert. But experts said the country is still nowhere near its peak and doctors fear what will happen once the imminent monsoon season hits.

Though the count of recoveries has risen, India still has more than 1 lakh active cases across the country. The government on Thursday announced new rules for allowing shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and places of worship to open gradually following the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. However, as the millions of migrant workers who spent weeks trapped in the cities return home, they are spreading the virus to remote rural areas, which often have no medical facilities to speak of.

The Latin American nation has now registered 35,026 total coronavirus deaths and 645,771 confirmed cases.

Of the total 6,642 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 2,849 deaths, followed by Gujarat (1,190), Delhi (708), Madhya Pradesh (384), West Bengal (366), Uttar Pradesh (257), Tamil Nadu (232), Rajasthan (218), Telangana (113), Andhra Pradesh (73), Karnataka (57) and Punjab (48).

The total remains at 1504 confirmed and probable cases, and just one case remains active.

In its latest update this morning, the ministry said the number of confirmed cases has risen to 2,26,770 and the death toll has grown to 6,348 now - marking almost six-fold jump in the case count and an over five-fold surge in the number of fatalities since May 1.

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The country had registered 512 coronavirus infection cases till March 24.

Sixteen more people tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand, taking the total number of cases in the state to 938, according to a bulletin on Saturday.

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While Delhi and Gujarat already have their tallies running into five digits, at least three other states (Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh) have total confirmed cases of more than 9,000. Meanwhile, the situation in Delhi remains worrisome with the positivity rate - confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100 tests - doubling from 7% between May 7-21 to 14% during May19-June 1 and now crossing 25%. 138 new cases were reported on June 5.

The total number of cases stands at 1,504, with 22 deaths.

On early Saturday, the G20 group of 20 rich and emerging economies, including the US, UK, France, India and China, pledged more than $21bn to fight the coronavirus.

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