India’s daily COVID-19 caseload doubles in 10 days to 200,000

New Delhi: India added a record 200,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, official data showed Thursday, as the country’s huge second wave accelerates.

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The number of new infections in a day has more than doubled since early April, with a cumulative total 14.1 million cases.

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India also added 1,038 deaths in the past day, taking the total to almost 175,000, the health ministry data showed, although on a per capita basis India is far behind many other countries.

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This week, it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases – experts have blamed complacency about the virus and frustration for the surge.

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Having let its guard down with mass religious festivals, political rallies and spectators at cricket matches, India is experiencing a ferocious new wave with almost two million fresh cases this month.

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After a lockdown a year ago caused widespread misery and one of the sharpest downturns of any major economy, the central government is desperate to avoid a hugely unpopular second shutdown.

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But many states are tightening the screws, in particular Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai, which this week introduced tougher restrictions for its 125 million people.

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