India is entering a new phase of reopening that will see subway trains running for the first time in months — despite skyrocketing daily coronavirus infections that are showing no sign of slowing down.
The country of 1.3 billion people has reported more than 75,000 infections for five consecutive days — the fastest growing caseload of any country in the world.
It recorded 85,687 new Covid-19 infections last Wednesday — the world’s highest single-day spike since the pandemic began — surpassing the previous record of 77,255 cases, set by the United States on July 16.
India’s infection rate has increased exponentially in recent weeks. It took almost six months for the country to record 1 million cases, another three weeks to hit 2 million, and only 16 more days to hit 3 million.
At this rate, India’s total number of cases, now at over 3.6 million, is on track to outnumber that of Brazil to become the second highest in the world, behind the US.
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