Pakistan on Monday recorded the lowest daily rise in coronavirus cases since April, as India reported a world-record 78,761 new cases in 24 hours, marking the biggest-ever daily increase for a nation. The number of coronavirus infections in the world passed the 25 million mark on Sunday.
According to figures issued by the National Command and Operations Centre, the body managing the outbreak of the virus in Pakistan, the country recorded only 213 virus cases on Sunday. The update takes the total number of virus cases in Pakistan nearer to 300,000. More than 6,000 people have died from the virus in the country so far.
“India recorded 80,092 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday – a new record for the world’s largest democracy and the first country in the world to cross the 80,000 case-threshold in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.” https://t.co/wpQg9oW04L
— Benazir Shah (@Benazir_Shah) August 31, 2020
Before Sunday’s update, which pushed the total number of infections in India to more than 2.5 million, the US held the record with 77,638 daily infections reported on July 17. The surge in India comes shortly after the government eased lockdown restrictions, to alleviate pressure on the economy.
The disease is continuing to spread globally and even countries that have fared better so far like New Zealand and South Korea are struggling to tackle it. The US and Brazil remain the most infected nations with India trailing behind them. The virus has so far claimed some 843,000 lives.
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The social distancing measures meant to slow down its spread until a vaccine or an effective treatment is available have caused a global economic slowdown and resulted in frustration and unrest in many Western nations.
RT with additional input by GVS News Desk