An election officer checks the temperature of a voter before allowing voters to pass at a polling station. File/AP
Gulf Today Report
India on Thursday crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in.
India is moving toward the worst-hit country, the United States, which has over 8.7 million cases.
According to the latest government figures there have now been 8,040,203 cases and 120,527 deaths across the country of 1.3 billion people. The US has seen 9.1 million cases and more than 230,000 deaths.
India could overtake the record of the United States, which has over 8.7 million cases. File photo
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a recent statement that “All states need to be careful during the coming festive season. This caution must be exercised for the next three months at least.”
“I am shocked, but not surprised,” said Arvind Kumar, a New Delhi doctor. “There seems to be a sense of complacency in adhering to mask and distancing norms.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned the population in recent speeches that they are being "careless" in giving up social distancing and other precautions.
While businesses and theatres have slowly started to reopen, schools and colleages remain shut in most cities and international flights are severely limited.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdowns as Europe faces a second wave of infections.
A year ago, India had observed what Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a people’s curfew, marking the start of a chaotic nationwide lockdown in a bid to contain the virus. With 11.6 million cases, India is now the worst-affected country after the United States and Brazil.
India’s overall caseload of 12.04 million - the world’s biggest outside the United States and Brazil - had been falling steadily since a peak in late September, but increased public gatherings and travel are causing a spurt at a time when a majority of Indians are yet to be vaccinated.
The country’s tally dipped below the 60,000 mark after three days, a Reuters tally showed, with its richest state, Maharashtra, accounting for more than 31,000 of the 56,211 cases reported in the last 24 hours. Deaths in the last 24 hours stood at 271,
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