India's Covid-19 cases cross 3 million mark

Commuters wearing face masks ride on a busy road in Amritsar, India, on Aug 21, 2020.
Commuters wearing face masks ride on a busy road in Amritsar, India, on Aug 21, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - India's coronavirus infections crossed the three million mark as the outbreak accelerates through the world's second-most populous country.

Infections rose by more than 69,000 and now stand at 3,044,940, according to data released by the health ministry on Sunday (Aug 23).

About 56,706 people have died from the disease.

India's epidemic is one of the fastest-growing in the world with more than 65,000 new infections being reported each day, higher than both the United States and Brazil, the two most-affected countries.

Covid-19 infections in the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people grew about 10 per cent in the past week based on Saturday's data, according to Bloomberg's Coronavirus Tracker.

Neighbour and nuclear rival Pakistan has 292,174 cases including 6,231 deaths. Its cases increased by 1 per cent over the same period, the tracker showed.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a growing challenge to control the disease, which is shifting from large cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi to India's crowded villages where medical infrastructure is weaker.

The nation's growing reliance on a less sensitive test and patchy compilation of death statistics threatens to obscure the true picture of the outbreak.