India registered more than 10,000 cases for the third day in a row and is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 15, India crossed the 50,000 COVID-19 deaths-mark, becoming the fourth nation to do so. While it took 86 days for the 10,000 mark to be breached, the last 10,000 took just 10 days. The average daily deaths are nearly 950 with the fatality curve still rising steeply.
India now ranks third, behind Brazil and the United States when it comes to daily increase in COVID-19 cases. According to data US has reported 20.9 lakh cases, Brazil and Russia have registered 8.6 lakh and 5.2 lakh cases so far. While Russia has registered a significantly higher number of COVID-19 cases, its death toll is just under 7,000 — lower than India’s.
Testing in India has expanded considerably in India in recent weeks but the situation varies across states.The government, however, is been accused of undercounting Covid-19 deaths due to a variety of reasons – from lags in reporting to rules on how India determines if a death was caused by the virus.