The COVID-19 pandemic in India continues to worsen, as the country records a 14.5 percent increase in deaths over the course of a single week as well as an eleven percent increase in fresh cases.
Between September 7th and September 13th, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) data indicates that more than 1,100 deaths due to COVID-19 – the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or, simply, coronavirus – occurred on average daily. In the same timeframe, more than 6.4 lakh infections with SARS-CoV-2 were detected.
At the time of writing, deaths due to COVID-19 number at 79,784 in India. This is according to Worldometer data. Confirmed SARS-Cov-2 infections in India thus far number at 4,850,887, of which 990,996 are active given the death toll and that 3,780,107 people have recovered from SARS-CoV-2.
The COVID-19 pandemic in India has metastasised in scope and severity since the onset of the outbreak earlier this year. The country consistently hits record highs, as it has surpassed Brazil to be the second worst-affected country by the pandemic in the world – trailing only the United States in the number of confirmed cases. Per Worldometer, the country is also the second worst-affected in terms of active infections and the third worst-affected nation in terms of deaths.
As reported by The Press Trust of India, citing the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), “a cumulative total of 5,72,39,428 samples have been tested up to September 13 with 9,78,500 samples being tested on Sunday.” The report adds that comorbidities account for seventy percent of deaths, citing the MoHFW.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted that the Union Government, “based on its experience of successfully managing pandemics & epidemics in the past, provided the requisite strategy, plans & procedures to the State Governments and UT [union territory] administrations.” Vardhan informed Lok Sabha Members of Parliament that the lockdown measures enacted by the Government had averted as many as 2.9 million cases of COVID-19 and 78,000 deaths due to the disease. As reported by The Hindustan Times, Vardhan informed lawmakers “that India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 and 55 respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries”