India overtakes Brazil, now world’s 2nd worst-hit nation by COVID-19

India becomes new COVID-19 epicenter as global-total surpasses 25 million - We The World Magazine
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India became the world’s second worst-hit country by novel coronavirus after a whopping jump in daily new infections broke records on Monday, federal health ministry data showed.

India’s COVID-19 infection national total got an addition of 90,802 cases on Monday, taking the overall count to 4.3 million, ahead by 70,000 of Brazil’s 4.14 million cases.

Novel coronavirus cases in the world’s largest democracy are by far the fastest-growing numbers in the world. Key forecast by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, predicted fatalities will touch 659,537 cases by the end of this year in the prediction model’s ‘most likely’ scenario.

“If hospitals in those states are unable to accommodate everyone needing COVID-19 care, the result will be more deaths and greater long-term harm to state and local economies,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray in a media statement sent to We The World.

However, the United States continues to remain the world’s worst-affected nation with more than 6 million COVID-19 cases and the most number of deaths with 193, 253, and counting.

Despite India’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, the federal health minister has boasted relatively lower death rate in terms of the population.

Reuters noted, for the last five days, India has recorded a little over 1,000 deaths per day. So far India’s total mortality from the novel virus stands at 71,642 cases after Monday’s 1,016 cases.

The overall trend in IHME’s new projections for India is consistent with the previous forecast. We continue to project that new infections and deaths will rise significantly later in the year and that many deaths can be prevented with proven tools, including universal mask-wearing and targeted lockdowns in states where the pandemic is hitting hardest,” IHME said in a statement sent to We The World.