According to the latest data released by India’s Ministry of Health, as of 8:00 a.m. local time (10:30 a.m. Beijing time) on September 6, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India rose to 4,113,812. In the past 24 hours, India has seen 90,633 new confirmed cases, which was the largest increase in a single day since the outbreak began in the country.
Among the administrative districts, a total of 12 states or districts have now announced 100,000 confirmed cases. The three worst hit states are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Among them, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Maharashtra has reached more than 860,000.
According to statistics, the number of new cases diagnosed in a single day in India has remained the highest in the world over the past month, with the cumulative number of confirmed cases exceeding 3 million from 23 August to 4 million on 5 September in just 13 days, shortening again the 16 days used for the last 1 million cases, and the spread of the epidemic continues to accelerate.
The epidemic is shifting to the countryside.
Indian media reports say that the epidemic in India is completely out of control and is not only spreading in the cities, but the hotspots of the epidemic are shifting to the medically disadvantaged rural areas.
The current rural challenges are concentrated in the two most rural states - Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which account for more than a quarter of India’s total population. Worryingly, these two states are also the states with the lowest testing rates in India.
It is reported that 64 percent of the confirmed cases in April came from cities, while this figure had fallen to 29 percent by August. Experts say the rural areas that lack adequate health infrastructure will be a major challenge. Testing is the most pressing issue. Most of the nucleic acid testing laboratories are in big cities, and the lack of medical equipment and doctors in the countryside is also a major challenge.
The Government of India’s stricter “lockdown” initiative in April and May has somewhat slowed the outbreak. But forced by economic pressure, India since early June lifted the “blockade” measures, the domestic epidemic began to develop rapidly. Indian virologist Jamil said, at this stage the Indian people generally did not comply with the provisions of wearing a mask, wash hands frequently and keep social distance. He stressed that the main way to control the epidemic in the future would continue to be to get people to comply with those preventive measures.
In an interview with the Indian media in late August, Aggarwal, former head of the Indian Medical Association, said that if current trends continue, India will overtake the United States as the country with the worst epidemic in the world within six weeks.
It seems that more masks are being needed for the Indians.
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