India becomes the country with the highest amount of confirmed COVID 19 cases in Asia

India becomes the country with the highest amount of confirmed COVID 19 cases in Asia

India becomes the country with the highest amount of confirmed COVID 19 cases in Asia

Written by Staff Writer

18 May, 2020 | 3:35 pm

India has recorded its biggest single-day surge with 5,242 new cases of Coronavirus and 157 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to more than 96,000, the highest in Asia.

The country now has 3,029 reported fatalities due to COVID-19.

The surge in infections comes a day after the federal government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to restore economic activity and gave states more control in deciding the nature of the lockdown.

Authorities are attributing the surge in infections to the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to India’s villages, which have weaker health infrastructure, according to Al Jazeera.

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