India’s coronavirus tally crosses 7.1 million mark

India recorded 66,732 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 7.12 million on Monday, health ministry data showed. India is only behind the United States which is approaching the 8 million mark.

Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 816 to 109,150. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

Delhi makes up a little over 4% of India’s total caseload, the second highest after the western city of Pune, and ahead of Mumbai and Bengaluru.

India has about 1 million active cases currently and a total of about 6.15 million people have recovered.

Meanwhile, authorities in Delhi stopped putting notices outside the homes of people infected with coronavirus because this amplified the social stigma associated with the disease and in turn caused others to hide their illness, officials said.

When the pandemic began in March, officials would paste a poster on the homes of people in quarantine after they had tested positive for the virus to make sure everyone in the neighbourhood was careful. It also deterred people from violating the quarantine.

But more than six months into the pandemic people were fully aware of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and there was less need to publicise the cases, city officials said. Instead it was important to instil confidence in people to come forward and test themselves.

“There is a stigma with the coronavirus disease and posters outside the house amplify that. By doing away with this, we are aiming at increased testing. We want more people to get themselves tested without thinking of stigmas,” said Delhi environment minister Kailash Gehlot.