It reported nearly 70,000 deaths, behind the United States with 6.2 million cases and more than 188,000 deaths and Brazil, which reported nearly 4.1 million cases and more than 125,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The South Asian country initially saw the majority of coronavirus cases in metropolitan areas, but the virus has spread to rural villages where the number of cases is now rising – it weighs heavily on an already overwhelming healthcare system.
With one of the world’s largest populations, the country of 1.4 billion people is seeing a huge number of confirmed cases, months after the pandemic.
India imposed austerity measures in March that lasted two months, allowing health workers to plan how to manage the nation nation’s impending coronavirus growth.
The western state of Maharashtra has been hit hardest, along with four other southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka – but almost every state in the country has reported incidents and is now on the rise elsewhere.
India added 86,432 new cases in the last 24 hours, contributing to the reported 4,023,179 cargo.
The Ministry of Health reported more than 1 million tests performed per day, but health experts fear that, due to antigen dependence or viral protein testing, the test results may be inaccurate.
Antigen testing is a more affordable process that allows for faster results, but is also reportedly less accurate – meaning that false negatives could allow people to continue spreading the virus.
Uttar Pradesh is said to be the most populous state in India and is seeing developments in cases where it is excessive.
A nurse in the capital, Lucknow, reportedly tested positive for coronavirus and was removed from office, but still had to wait more than 24 hours in a living room to get a bed.
“The government can flood flower petals in hospitals in the name of crown warriors, but can’t the administration offer a bed when the same warrior needs one?” her husband told the Associated Press on Saturday.
Cases of inadequate care are emerging across the country, and doctors are now reporting “behavioral fatigue,” which increases the spread of the virus.
“There is a behavioral fatigue now,” said Dr. SP Kalantri, director of a hospital in the village of Sevagram, located in the most militant state of Maharashtra.
“The worst is yet to come,” Kalandri said, referring to the rising tide in rural areas. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.