India’s coronavirus cases skyrocket to more than 500,000
In the past 24 hours, for example, more than 17,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, Reuters reported Saturday, citing federal data.
The surge puts India in fourth place with the most cases in the world, behind only the U.S., Brazil and Russia, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections are expected to rise so steadily that experts have told the federal government to focus on stopping deaths — not curbing the spread.
“Our focus should be on preventing deaths and not really getting bogged down because of the numbers. Numbers are going to increase,” Dr Manoj Murhekar, a member of India’s main coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Epidemiology, told Reuters. ■