As India Crosses Two Lakh COVID-19 Cases, Doubts Over Underreporting Continue

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published Published on Aug 8, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 8, 2020

Various opposition parties have used the rising number of cases to question the Modi government's handling of the pandemic.

Bengaluru/ New Delhi: India’s tally of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country breached the psychologically significant two-million mark on August 6. At 10 am on the Union health ministry’s website, the total number of cases amounted to 2,027,074. Of this, 607,384 – nearly 30% – are currently active while 1,378,105 have recovered and 41,585 have died. In the last 24 hours, 62,538 new cases were reported based on nearly 6.4 lakh tests.

The total number of cases had reached one million on July 17, which means the current doubling time for the case load is around three weeks. On July 27 – three weeks after the national lockdown ended in containment zones and seven after restrictions had eased in non-containment zones – India’s rate of growth of the number of cases was found to be the highest in the world. Among countries with over 300,000 cases, India’s doubling time around then was only higher than that of South Africa (21 days vs 19 days), although by then India also had over a million cases more.

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