Experts consider these figures to be underestimated.
India surpassed this Sunday the barrier of the three million infected of the new coronavirus, to report 69,239 new infectionsannounced the Ministry of Health.
The second most populous nation on the planet also registered 912 additional deaths, with what the total number of deceased by disease It amounts to 56,706 from the beginning of the pandemic, according to official figures.
As the Indian authorities only screen patients with symptoms, experts consider these figures to be underestimated.
For example, a serological study published last week revealed that more than a quarter of New Delhi’s population may already have contracted the virus.
In late March, India imposed a strict lockdown, which it lifted in early June in an attempt to revive a sagging economy.
Since then, local authorities have imposed local reconfinements, particularly in the states of Haryana (north) and Punjab (northwest), where the number of confirmed cases has peaked in recent weeks.
Previously, the main affected areas were the megacities of New Delhi and Mumbai, which have some of the largest slums in the world.
We see a significant increase in the number of cases in India, “said K Srinath Reddy of the Public Health Foundation of India, a non-governmental organization.
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