India has surpassed 500,000 infected by the new coronavirus, point to government data released today, which shows a record daily jump of 18,500 new infections.
The government reported that 385 new deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 15,685.
According to epidemiologists, there are still several weeks to reach the critical point, which means that the country could pass one million infected before the end of July.
The country is in the stage of lack of definition, but some states are considering the possibility of reintroducing the measure, given the growing number of cases of contagion.
The new coronavirus circulates worryingly in densely populated cities, especially in New Delhi, the capital. With more than 80,000 cases, it surpassed Mumbai, which until then was the most affected. Local officials say the number could reach half a million infected by the end of July.
The Indian government has been widely criticized for its slowness in carrying out diagnostic tests, something that critics say hides the real spread of the pandemic in the territory.
With 1.3 billion inhabitants – the second most populous country on the planet, after China -, India is the fourth in the list in the number of cases of covid-19, behind the United States, Brazil and Russia, but it presents a very balance lower number of deaths.
All cities are preparing for the worst.
“Unless we can apply a strict physical detachment mechanism or tough confinement, we are likely to be heading for a situation where the infection rate will continue to rise,” says public health expert Anant Bhan.
He considers the possibility of several contagion peaks in the coming months, as the pandemic will spread “in a variable way across the country”.