India Surpasses 9 Million COVID-19 Cases

India has recorded over nine million COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20 after recording 45,882 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from John Hopkins University (JHU).

India has recorded over nine million COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20 after recording 45,882 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from John Hopkins University (JHU).

According to data from JHU, the second most populous country in the world has now reached a total number of 9,004,365 cases.

India is the second country to surpass 9 million, after the United States which has now recorded over 11 million cases nationwide.

Although cases in the second worst-hit country have slowed down since its peak last September, India still records a daily average of 45,000 new cases.

According to experts, the surge can be attributed to the reluctance to wear masks and to practice social distancing in the South Asian country.

The government also has been gradually easing restrictions since the lockdown last March in an attempt to recover the economy, but experts said this has contributed to the spread of the virus.

The surge came after India celebrated the Festival of Diwali.

In an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus, New Delhi increased its penalty of not wearing a mask from 500 rupees ($6.7) to 2,000 rupees ($27).

Meanwhile in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, the government imposed a “complete curfew” starting from Nov. 20 to the morning of Nov. 23.

According to JHU, the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has reached over 56 million.


© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.