News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 31 Aug 2020 23:08pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India has been the victim of a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases recently. It is on track to become the world’s new virus epicenter.
  • India set the record for the biggest single-day rise in cases by reaching a total of 78,761 new cases per day this week.
  • The novel coronavirus presents a very significant problem to poor countries, the ones with tightly packed slums which is considered to be the ideal condition for the virus to spread

India has been the victim of a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases recently. It is on track to become the world’s new virus epicentre. India set the record for the biggest single-day rise in cases by reaching a total of 78,761 new cases per day this week. This is the most any country has observed since the pandemic erupted and experts believe that India will soon pass Brazil and eventually the US, claiming the title of Global Corona Epicentre. India had also reported 971 deaths in a single day pushing it across Mexico for the third-highest number of deaths globally. If India continues to follow this trajectory, it will overtake Brazil in a week and then eclipse the US in another.

The thing to note is that unlike the US and Brazil, India’s growth rate seems to still be at an increasing pace, seven months after the reporting of the initial COVID positive case. The virus in India has just penetrated the vast rural land, where most of the 1.3 billion population resides. Meanwhile, it was racing through the heavily dense metropolitan cities. The present state of India was expected by experts around the world. Being the world’s second-largest country and taking into consideration its poor health system, the heavy outbreak of the coronavirus is inevitable.

The novel coronavirus presents a very significant problem to poor countries, the ones with tightly packed slums which is considered to be the ideal condition for the virus to spread. Even with the existing lockdowns, after the virus reaches these slums, it would nearly be impossible to control it. Poor and developing nations around the world are being forced to open up even with the existing threat of the virus. India’s Modi government amidst the huge number of daily cases points towards India’s official mortality rate which is around 1.8%, which is among the lowest globally. But the actuality is that deaths in India are most likely under-reported and swayed by the country’s disproportionate number of young population. People under the age of 35 cover 65% of India’s population, a demographic which is considered to be the safest from dying of COVID-19.

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 01 Sep 2020 3:23am IST


Tags : COVID-19, Epicenter, US, Brazil, Mexico, Slums, Coronavirus

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