COVID-19 Updates in the World’s Largest Democracy

by Tiago Decker

India with its second largest population in the world started off great dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as the central government announced a nation-wide lockdown on 24th March to slow down the number of infected cases. Before announcing the lockdown, India was also able to detect patient zero and confine them into solitary. As India announced relatively greater relaxations easing lockdowns conditions and opening up the country,it now ranks 6th in terms of infected cases.

The number of cases that rose within the last week average over 9,500. With cases hitting an all-time high on Tuesday, the death toll in India crossed 7,700 deaths. Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the outbreak of the virus with 80,000 cases and 3,200 deaths in the state alone. Mumbai carries over 60,000 cases alone.

The rise in the number of cases can be attributed to a rise in India’s testing standard and the ease in lockdown as people fail to follow the social distance guidelines issued by the central government as pictures and videos surfaced. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 47,74, 434 samples have been tested yet with an average of 100,000 tests being conducted every day.

While shopping malls, religious places, and restaurants have now been re-opened after a total of two months, the central government looks to reimpose lockdown measures if cases continue to rise. While the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released guidelines under relaxed guidelines, the fine tuning of these guidelines were left to each individual states government.

While India still boasts of a good mortality and improvements rates well above the world’s average, on Tuesday the number of infected cases crossed the number of active cases.

 

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