India on Tuesday reported 1,133 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day total.
READ MORE: India now has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world after a week in which it added nearly half a million new infections.
Indian health authorities said Monday the country’s coronavirus tally had passed 4.2 million, overtaking Brazil’s and putting the populous Asian nation only behind the United States.
“The surge was unavoidable. It was always going to be an avalanche and the avalanche has not hit the ground yet,” warns T. Jacob John, a prominent virologist and former professor at the Christian Medical College in Vellore. He says cases will continue to climb for some time in a country of 1.3 billion people and densely packed cities.
India’s tally of daily new infections has been the highest in the world in recent days – it reported over 90,000 cases on Monday.