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• India Coronavirus infections top one million

India became the third country after the United States and Brazil to report one million coronavirus cases on Friday, according to the country’s health ministry.

India became the third country to cross 1million covid cases

India reported its first case on January 30 — the patient in the southern Indian state of Kerala had been studying in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first known case of Covid-19 was recorded last December. For weeks, as coronavirus outbreaks took off in other parts of Asia, India remained relatively unaffected. It wasn’t until March 13 that the country reported its first death — and even then, it had only recorded 73 cases.

When the case numbers were still relatively low, the government took action. On March 11, India suspended all tourist visas, and on March 22, all international flights were grounded. When India started lockdown on March 25th, the country had around 519 cases and 10 deaths. But when it was partially lifted on May 30, India had more than 180,000 cases and rising.

For some in India, lockdown was difficult if not impossible. Around one sixth of the urban population lives in densely-packed slums where social distancing was not an option. Thousands of daily wage earners were left without jobs or food and many made lengthy and sometimes fatal trips back home to far away states.

Since the nationwide lockdown lifted, some states have enforced restrictions their own restrictions — or even resumed lockdowns. Despite that, within four months, the country has gone from just over 500 cases, to more than one million.

Sanjay Rai, the president of the Indian Public Health Association, says the lockdown helped delay the outbreak, which helped buy time for the authorities to manufacture more personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.

 

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