India has become the global COVID-19 hotspot, with the largest number of cases in a day, recorded 90,802 overnight, more than 71,000 people have died, making the country third-largest by number of deaths and over 4.2 millions as the world’s second highest number of coronavirus cases. According to the data released by India’s health ministry, the country passed Brazil on Monday to reach more than 4.2 million confirmed infections as the epidemic surges across the South Asian nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government initiated the world’s biggest virus lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion people in late March, but the economic and social costs forced a gradual reopening even as infections surged at a record pace. As India’s economy posted the biggest contraction among major economies last quarter, with its gross domestic product shrinking 23.9% in the three months to June from a year earlier.
On the same day as India surpassed Brazil’s infection tally, the country’s largest metro system in the capital New Delhi began operating again, while limited religious and sporting events have been allowed to restart and bars are set to open.