Mumbai / New Delhi (Reuters) – Despite a record spike in coronavirus infections, India is sticking to easing.
The high-ranking representative of the state of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, said on Twitter if the distance rules, the mask requirement or other requirements are disregarded. He attributed the rising numbers of infections to more testing, the opening up of the economy and the convenience of people.
On Monday, India reported 78,512 new infections – more than any other country in the world. On Sunday, the country registered 78,761 cases of infection, the world’s highest increase in one day since the outbreak of the pandemic. No other country has so far recorded so many in just one day. On July 16, the USA reported the highest value to date with 77,299 new infections. A total of around 3.6 million people in India have been shown to have contracted the coronavirus. However, the death rate in India is lower than in the US or Brazil. A total of 64,469 people died as a result of the coronavirus. The number rose by 971 in the past 24 hours.
For fear of a record slump in the economy, India wants to restart other business areas. Analysts polled by Reuters expect the economy to shrink by 18.3 percent from April to June. That would be the worst development in at least eight years. In the previous quarter, the Indian gross domestic product had increased by 3.1 percent. The latest figures are to be published on Monday at 2 p.m. (CEST).
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