By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The India Ministry of Health reported nearly 91,000 COVID-19 cases Monday, putting the country total to 4,204,613, bypassing Brazil to become the country with the second most cases.
For several weeks, Indian health officials have reported the highest daily COVID-19 counts.
India surpassed the 2 million case mark in early August and 3 million about two weeks later on August 23.
The death toll has risen to 71,642 after reporting more than 1,000 deaths in the past 24 hours. The world’s second most populous nation has one of the lowest mortality rates at 1.7 percent, although there is much skepticism over that number.
The India Congress is pointing directly at the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a Times of India report.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused the Modi government leaving the people to fend for themselves–“indifference, ineptitude and a failed leadership” were responsible for the current situation.
“Prime Minister Modi must answer the nation on the strategy going forward. Will Modi answer for his failed leadership”
The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in some horrible news for the economy. According to NPR, Between April and June, when India was under a strict coronavirus lockdown, its GDP shrank by 23.9% compared to the same period last year. It is the biggest economic contraction since India started keeping records in 1996.
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