India COVID-19: caseload rose with an addition of nearly 100k new cases on Saturday, adding to the nation’s second day of record-breaking new cases, federal health ministry data showed.
On Saturday, more than 97,550 new cases were reported in India, the fastest-growing pandemic epicenter in the world. India is currently testing over a million samples daily.
Although India’s COVID-19 scenario is still behind the US which has over 6.4 million cases, nonetheless India’s growth rate of new infections is much higher than that of North America.
Most number of cases in the growing COVID-19 epidemic in India is surfacing from the state of Maharashtra, of which the financial capital Mumbai is the hotspot.
In the past 24-hours, Maharashtra state recorded more than 10k new infections, followed by other states of Delhi, Chattisgarh, Kerela, among others.
In fact, the west Indian state of Maharashtra is the only region anywhere in the world to have cumulatively recorded more than 1 million cases by Friday.
If Maharashtra was a state, Reuters noted, it would have been the world’s fourth worst-hit nation in the world with the novel coronavirus.
It must be noted, the skyrocketing new cases are coming at a time India is reeling from lockdown and resuming many economic activities including running metro services and allowing some mass activities with restrictions.
A recent research paper published in a renowned Indian medical journal suggests millions of infections may have gone undetected in may when the nation gradually started testing samples in thousands.
At present, India has 4,659,984 confirmed cases with 77,472 mortality Johns Hopkins data shows. Amid the bad news of highest number of daily cases, there is a good news – over 81,533 people went home defeating the virus in the last 24-hours.