Prime Minister of India says his country has proven the world wrong in its handling of the coronavirus

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“The way Indians have come together to fight the coronavirus over the past few months, we have proven the world wrong,” Modi said on Sunday, while delivering his monthly radio address to the nation.

India has the third highest number of virus cases in the world, with more than 1.3 million recorded instances of Covid-19 and 32,060 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Modi claimed the recovery rate from the coronavirus was better in India than in other countries, but warned that the threat of the disease remained.

“We must remain vigilant. We have to remember that the coronavirus is still as dangerous as it was when it started, ”he added.

India recorded 48,661 new cases on Sunday. The situation is particularly serious in Delhi, the most affected city in the country.Research by India’s National Center for Disease Control suggests that nearly one in four people in Delhi has contracted the virus.

On June 12, the Supreme Court of India released a scathing report on the Delhi state government’s handling of Covid-19 and its handling of the dead. The Indian government has since stepped up testing in the region and added hospital beds, thousands of them on converted trains.

The Indian government placed the country under lockdown on March 25, when it had only 519 cases and 10 deaths.

But the restrictions have placed many of the country’s citizens in an impossible position. Thousands of daily workers were left without jobs or food – and many of them made long and sometimes fatal journeys home to faraway states.

When restrictions were partially relaxed on May 30, India had more than 180,000 cases – and on the rise.

Among those who contracted the disease is the chief minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who said on Saturday he had tested positive for the virus.

“My dear compatriots, I had symptoms of Covid-19 and, after a test, my report came back positive. I’m following all of the guidelines and I’m going to quarantine myself based on the doctor’s advice, ”Chouhan said in a series of tweets.

He also called on his colleagues and individuals to take precautions to avoid infection and urged those who came into contact with him to get tested.

CNN’s Vedika Sud, Esha Mitra and Nectar Gan contributed to this report.

Rishabh M. Pratap reported from New Delhi. Zamira Rahim wrote in London.

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