India’s cases rise to 4.75M with another spike

NEW DELHI – India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new confirmed coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million.

The Health Ministry yesterday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586.

Even as infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world, the number of people recovering from the virus has also risen sharply. The country’s recovery rate stands at 77.77 per cent and nearly 70,000 recoveries have been reported every day this month, according to the Health Ministry.

The ministry attributed India’s COVID-19 recovery pace to aggressive testing and prompt surveillance, but experts said India needs to test more due to its huge population. It’s climbed to the second worst-hit country behind the United States, and is now testing more than one million people every day.

A policeman checks credentials of passengers in a car during a complete lockdown in Kolkata, India. PHOTO: AP