- India has seen more than eight times more infections than have been recorded in China.
- India trails only the United States and Brazil for most cases.
- More than one quarter of all cases, and nearly as many deaths from COVID-19 reported around the world have been recorded in the United States.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in India has increased dramatically, giving it the third-highest number of cases in the world. India overtook Russia on Monday, with more than 720,000 cases, behind only the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, the United States has recorded more than 13,000 infections in just 24 hours.
The data of the Indian Ministry of Health on Monday indicated that more than 23,000 new cases were recorded during the past 24 hours, a slight drop from the record increase recorded on Sunday, which amounted to about 25,000 cases.
Nearly 20,000 deaths have been recorded in India since the first cases were discovered there in January. India has seen more than eight times more infections than have been recorded in China, with a similar population to where the virus originated late last year.
The officials said they canceled a decision to reopen the Taj Mahal on Monday, after a series of new cases in the region. Located in the city of Agra, 200 km southeast of New Delhi, the Taj Mahal is the most popular tourist attraction in India.
State officials say Delhi, home to 25 million residents, will have been able to report over half a million cases by the end of the month. Several hotels in the area have been repurposed to offer health services.
They have also converted reception halls and several hundred adapted train cars. A tight lockdown, in force since late March, has been lifted, allowing most operations outside the economy during the shutdown.
Schools, regional metro stations, cinemas, gyms, and swimming pools remain shuttered, and international airlines continue to be grounded. Authorities have made masks compulsory in public areas, whereas large assemblies are forbidden, and stores and other public institutions have to enforce social isolation.
40,000 New Infections in the US
In the United States, more than 39,000 new infections of COVID-19 were reported by Sunday evening. That’s according to data published at 02:30 GMT Monday by Johns Hopkins University. The university’s data, which is a reference in tracking cases and deaths caused by COVID-19, also recorded 234 deaths.
This brings the total number of people killed by the virus, as of the time of their reporting, to 129,291 people. These numbers, which are much less than those recorded in recent days, which peaked Friday (more than 57,000 new infections), show a slowdown in the epidemic outbreak.
However, this cannot be relied upon, as this decrease may be caused by the mechanism of obtaining data by the university. Local health authorities do not normally submit data on weekends.
The United States is vastly different from other countries of the world, the country most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than one quarter of all cases, and nearly as many deaths from COVID-19 reported around the world have been recorded in the United States.
Southern states, in particular, face the threat of an increased incidence of the emerging coronavirus after President Donald Trump’s attempt to reduce the risk of the spread of the deadly virus.
In total, aggregated data for Coronavirus cases, published on the Johns Hopkins University site at 0700 GMT, showed that the total infections exceeded 11,450,000 cases. It also showed that the number of people recovered approached 6.2 million, while the number of deaths exceeded 534,000.