India now has the dubious honour of holding the highest monthly Covid-19 tally in the world since the pandemic began.
In August, India saw an average of 64,000 cases per day, an 84% increase over July.
54% of all cases recorded in India since the outbreak of the pandemic came during the month.
With 3.6 million confirmed cases, India now has the third-highest caseload in the world, after the US and Brazil.
The Indian government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs because of the strict lockdown which began in March.
But it’s not all gloom for India. The country’s recovery rate is high, and the number of deaths continues to be low. For every 100 confirmed cases, just under two have died from the virus.
Five states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh – account for over half of the total Covid-19 cases and close to 60% of the recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.
Pune has been reporting the largest number of cases every day, between 2,000 and 3,000, for the last couple of weeks.
District officials say this was the result of enhanced testing, and it was normal that the cases would rise because of that before stabilising, and hopefully, reducing.