New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) India on Sunday evening overtook Brazil in total numbers of COVID-19 cases and became the second-most infected country in the world after United States, with over 41.60 lakh cases, according to the John Hopkins University tracker and the Worldometer website. At the time of filing this report, as per the global tracker, India recorded nearly 50,000 fresh cases, almost 38,000 more than Brazil.
However, in terms of deaths from the virus, India is far behind Brazil, with over 55,000 less fatalities.
The country’s case tally at 2100 hrs stood at 41,60,493 with 71,120 deaths. According to the data, the total number of cases in the US have reached 64,34,526 which includes 1,92,886 deaths, making it the most-infected.
According to Union Health Ministry update on Sunday morning, India recorded a whooping 90,633 fresh COVID-19 cases and 1,965 more deaths.
With the cases rising sharply and the country registering highest number of fresh cases across the world past one week, the Centre has asked the most-infected states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to take aggressive measures to break the chain of transmission.
The three states account for nearly 49 per cent of the total active cases and more than 57 per cent of COVID-19 deaths.
The Centre has also asked the States to ramp up testing and has done away with mandatory prescription from a doctor for taking a test.
However, as the GDP has fallen by 23.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 financial year, the government can not afford another lockdown and has lifted most of the restrictions, to rescue the falling economy.