New Delhi, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- India passed 5.4 million coronavirus cases on Sunday after nearly two weeks of recording at least 90,000 new infections a day.
Since August, the daily infection rate, currently the highest in the world, has been steadily rising.
Health officials confirmed 92,605 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases since the start of the epidemic to 5,400,619 – 17 percent of the total cases worldwide.
Despite the recent surge in infections, the mortality rate for Covid-19 in India has remained relatively low at 1.6 percent. Nineteen countries have worse rates, according to Johns Hopkins University, with Mexico’s massive 10.6 percent representing the world’s highest toll.
India is the world’s second-worst hit country after the United States, which has some 6.7 million cases.
But India’s rate of new coronavirus infections is the fastest and the most alarming in the world and indicates that if cases continue to increase at the current rate, the country could become the world’s new virus epicenter by the end of September.
In just 96 hours, the country, which has a population of 1.35 billion, had added 400,000 new cases.
India’s Covid-19 recovery rate has also been increasing as fast as the rate of new infections, and on Sunday, for the second straight day, the country registered more recoveries than new infections.
According to the Health Ministry, 94,612 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing down the total number of active cases despite the rising number of infections.
Currently, the country has a total of 1,010,824 active cases, which means that 4.3 million or 97 percent of coronavirus patients in the country have recovered, which is also the highest number of recoveries in the world.
According to official data, record recoveries were registered in the six worst affected regions of the country, including the state of Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai, and the country’s capital, New Delhi.
The rate of increase in daily testing in the country also remains constant. The authorities have conducted 63 million tests since the start of the epidemic – 1.2 million tests in the last 24 hours – with a positive rate of 7.6 percent, according to the ministry. EFE-EPA