India is expected to soon surpass the United States in coronavirus cases

India's death toll has remained relatively low, although some experts say this could be due to poor reporting and inadequate testing.

India's coronavirus cases are expected to soon surpass that of the United States.

India's coronavirus cases are expected to soon surpass that of the United States. Source: AP

India's confirmed coronavirus tally has passed seven million, with the number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in.

The Health Ministry registered another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours. India is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country in coming weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 7.7 million infections have been reported.

The ministry also reported 918 additional deaths, taking total fatalities to 108,334.

The number of people who have died of COVID-19 has remained relatively low in South and Southeast Asia - from India to Vietnam and Taiwan - compared to European countries and the United States, said Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert.

"We have been able to keep the curve rise slow, but I do agree that we have not been able to get it to move aggressively down," he said.

"That's related to our population density, diversity of our country and socioeconomic challenges in our country," he added, referring to India's burgeoning population of nearly 1.4 billion.

Some experts say though that India's death toll may not be reliable because of poor reporting and health infrastructure and inadequate testing.

India aims to provide vaccines to 250 million people by July 2021, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said last week. He said that the government was planning to receive 450 million to 500 million vaccine doses and would ensure "equitable access".

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India saw a steep rise in cases in July and added more than 2 million in August and another 3 million in September. But it is seeing a slower pace of coronavirus spread since mid-September, when the daily infections touched a record high of 97,894.

It's averaging more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month.

India has a high recovery rate of 85 per cent with active cases below one million, according to the Health Ministry.


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Published 11 October 2020 at 4:08pm, updated 11 October 2020 at 4:46pm
Source: AAP - SBS