India surpasses Brazil, attains 2nd spot with most Covid-19 Infections

NEW DELHI: Amid the alarming rise in fresh Covid-19 infections, India has surpassed Brazil and attained the second spot in the world with most cases.

The second-most populous country has reported 904 new deaths and 168,912 fresh Covid-19 infections in a single day. The death tally currently stands at 170,179 on Monday (today) whereas the total number of cases has soared 13.53 million.

According to the data of John Hopkins University, the total number of cases in Brazil stands at 13.48 million whilst the United States tops the list with 31.2 million cases.

Meanwhile, the south asian country has recorded nearly a million cases in the last seven days – an alarming rise of 70 percent.

Last year in September, India had surpassed Brazil to become the second-most affected country in the world by cases, but it lost the spot after seeing a decline in cases.

The health authorities blamed religious gatherings, political campaign rallies, and lack of facial masks as the primary reasons in the world’s biggest democracy. Several million Hindus have gathered to take a dip in the Ganges river during the Kumbh Mela.

The spot of mass bathing, Haridwar, has caused a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus infections as more than 2.1 million devotees bathed in the river in a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the BJP-led government mulls not to place the second lockdown amid the existing devastated economy while in some parts of the country, including Maharashtra, authorities have placed night curfews, closure of restaurants, and ban public gatherings to stem the spread of novel disease.

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