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India’s daily infections have risen by 56,282 as of today, according to India’s most recent reports. It brings the total number of cases in the country to 1,964,536, with 40,699 total deaths.
In contrast, the nation recorded 24,248 new deaths a month ago – July 6 – according to figures by India’s Ministry of Health and Johns Hopkins University.
Both Brazil and the US have a higher number of total cases than India does, but India has recently had the fastest-growing outbreak in the world.
However, recent studies have shown that the true number of cases in India may be much higher than the official figures show.
It is reported that around 100 million Indian citizens live in slums – crowded regions of the country where social distancing is difficult.
A recent survey found over half of people living in slums in Mumbai had the virus.
The survey, commissioned by the city, involved blood tests on nearly 7,000 people selected at random.
It found that 57 percent of people living in slums had evidence of coronavirus in their blood.
This compared to just 16 percent of people living in areas that were not slums.
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Mumbai has a population of around 20 million people with around 40 percent of this number living in slum conditions, the Guardian reports.
Local officials have said efforts to stem the spread of the virus has worked, but the survey suggested “a high proportion of all infections” are “likely” to have been asymptomatic.
The population density in one particular Mumbai slum – Dharavi – is such that around one million people live in an area less than a square mile in size, according to reports.
The other survey was focussed on Delhi, in which 21,387 samples were collected between June 27 and July 10.
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The survey, published later in July, found 23.48 percent of people tested in the study had antibodies in their blood suggesting they had been exposed to COVID-19.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said: “The results of the sero-prevalence study show that on average, across Delhi, the prevalence of IgG antibodies is 23.48 per cent.
“The study also indicates that a large number of infected persons remain asymptomatic.”
The ministry said “only 23.48 percent” of people had been infected in Delhi, and pointed to “proactive efforts taken by the government to prevent the spread of infection” as the reason why.
However, Dr Bhramar Mukherjee from the University of Michigan explained the figures in a different way.
He told the Indian Express: “If the Delhi serosurvey is reliable, we have had 4.7-5 million past infections already in Delhi.”
This number would put the total cases in Delhi alone above the total amount recorded in all of Brazil, and roughly on par with the USA.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, there have been 18,519,579 cases of coronavirus worldwide and 700,539 deaths, as of August 5.
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