In India, cases of coronavirus have exceeded the five million infection threshold, statistics from the country’s health ministry show.
The last million infections were detected in just 11 days.
It is by far the fastest pace at which coronavirus infections have grown in the world.
Of the first infection detected in India, it took 167 days before the country crossed the one million infection mark.
Thereafter, the number of infections doubled in 21 days.
Two million infections became four million in less than a month.
According to the Times of India, the highest number of infections has been found in the state of Maharashtra, which includes the giant city of Mumbai, for example.
There are nearly three million coronary infections in the state.
Hospital staff serve food to coronavirus patients at a hospital near New Delhi.Photo: ADNAN ABIDI / Reuters
The actual number of infections hidden
There are more infections in India alone than in the United States, where there are about 6.6 million.
About a million tests are performed daily in India, but despite this, several infections are feared to go unnoticed by 1.3 billion people in the country.
For example, a study published in July showed that as many as 57 percent of people living in the slums of Mumbai had antibodies to the coronavirus.
Of Mumbai’s population of about 20 million, about 40 percent live in slums.
Last week, the medical institute in charge of pandemic treatment in India estimated that there could have been 6.5 million infections in the country as early as May.
Similar ambiguities are believed to exist in the coronavirus-related deaths recorded by India.
Some 82,000 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the country, less than half of the nearly 200,000 deaths in the United States.
There are 59 coronavirus-related deaths per million people in India.
The corresponding figure in Finland is 61.