New Delhi: Official figures show that India’s death toll from the new coronavirus surpassed France on Friday, causing 30,601 deaths and nearly 50,000 new cases.
According to statistics from Agence France-Presse, the death toll is second only to the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Italy, ranking sixth. It is the third largest case, with nearly 1.3 million people infected.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, in the past 24 hours, the country has recorded 740 new deaths from the virus and 49,310 new infections.
But many experts say that due to the low level of testing, the pandemic in the world’s second most populous country may be far worse than the official report.
An antibody study commissioned by the government this week showed that nearly a quarter of people in the capital New Delhi were infected with the virus, almost 40 times the official number.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi implemented one of the strictest lockdown measures in the world in late March, but it has steadily relaxed in order to mitigate the devastating economic impact of the epidemic.
With the proliferation of cases in Bangalore and large cities far away from Bihar, West Bengal, Kashmir and parts of Tamil Nadu, state governments have introduced new restrictions.
According to reports, southern Kerala has been hailed as a successful model and has already imposed some restrictions. It may decide on Monday to impose a complete blockade on the state.