The United States which the worst affected country due to the virus followed by Brazil and India, has recorded 3,574,371 cases of the virus including 1,38,358 deaths. The government has promised to accomplish this and if it does, it will be a huge relief, " said Dr Giridhara Babu, epidemiologist and member Karnataka Covid taskforce.
"I don't think it has anything to do with how the government has handled the pandemic", Krishnan said.
The number of coronavirus cases in India neared one million on Thursday as infection numbers rose in the countryside, pushing authorities to reinstate lockdowns across several states. California reported its largest two-day total of confirmed cases, almost 20,000, along with 258 deaths over 48 hours.
National Capital Delhi reported 1,462 new COVID-19 cases taking the total count to 1,20,107.
India's active cases account for about a third of its total tally as it has been reporting a high recovery rate and a low death rate from the virus.
The Ministry said, the case fatality rate at 18.6 deaths per million of the country is one of the lowest in the world.
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With more than 35,000 cases in the last 24 hours, India has become the third nation after the USA and Brazil to pass the grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases as the life-threatening disease continues to spread rapidly in various states. The cumulative number of 1,30,72,718 samples tested has resulted in 9,473 tests per million for the country.
Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, announced increased pandemic restrictions after detecting eight new COVID-19 cases. During September second week, India is expected to hit a peak of 4.78 lakh active cases. This takes the total tally COVID-19 in the country to 10 lakh cases. And according to an estimate by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by the end of next year, India will be the worst-hit country in the world. On the other hand, a total of 6,36,602 people have recovered from the illness. "The country with the next highest number is India at 12 million", McEnany said.
Bihar, a largely rural state with feeble health infrastructure, went into lockdown on Thursday midnight, a day after IT hub Bengaluru - home to 13 million people - shut down for a week.
"The majority of the illness we see in our nursing staffs and our support staff is community spread", he said. "The way ahead is to test as many people as possible, to be able to track and isolate those people who are infected so that spread is contained", he added.
In Houston, an 86-person Army medical team worked to take over a wing of United Memorial Medical Center.
But deaths have been rising.