BREAKING: India surpasses Brazil to become second worst COVID affected country

India reached the number two spot after it clocked 4,092,550 positive cases till Saturday evening at the time of publishing this story. India has surpassed Brazil (4,091,801) to become the second-worst affected country across the world, according to Worldometer data.

United States still tops the chart with 6,398,848 making the worst hit country across the globe.

However, positive cases number of Brazil for Saturday hasn’t been released yet. The story will be updated as and when it comes.

Amid surging cases across India, the government has issues Unlock 4 guidelines. The guidelines has allowed metro trains to operate with strict social distancing norms from September 7. The government has also allowed social, religious political activities to resume from September 21.

On Saturday, India’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 40,23,179 with a record 86,432 cases reported in a day, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 69,561 with 1,089 people succumbing to it in a span of 24 hours, the data showed. 

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday attacked the government over the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, claiming that the only country that is not reaping the benefit of the lockdown strategy appears to be India.

He also predicted that by September-end, India may have 65 lakh COVID-19 cases.

“I had predicted that total number of infections will reach 55 lakh by September 30. I am wrong. India will reach that number by September 20. By end September, the number may touch 65 lakh,” Chidambaram said.

The only country that is not reaping the benefit of the lockdown strategy appears to be India, the former Union minister alleged.

“PM (Narendra) Modi who promised that we will defeat coronavirus in 21 days must explain why India failed when other countries seem to have succeeded,” he said.

In another tweet, Chidambaram also hit out at the Ministry of Finance for the state of the economy, saying it does not have “a word of explanation for the unprecedented negative growth in Q1 of 2020-21”.

“But it is back to its old game of misleading the people of India and predicting a V shaped recovery (from the coronavirus-induced slump),” the former finance minister said.