India now has more than 1 million coronavirus cases. What does that mean -- and how did the country get here?

India became the third country after the United States and Brazil to report one million coronavirus cases on Friday, according to the country’s health ministry.India reported its first case on January 30 — the patient in the southern Indian state of Kerala had been studying in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first known case of Covid-19 was recorded last December.
For weeks, as coronavirus outbreaks took off in other parts of Asia, India remained relatively unaffected. It wasn’t until March 13 that the country reported its first death — and even then, it had only recorded 73 cases.Sanjay Rai, the president of the Indian Public Health Association, says the lockdown helped delay the outbreak, which helped buy time for the authorities to manufacture more personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.Sanjay Rai, the president of the Indian Public Health Association, says the lockdown helped delay the outbreak, which helped buy time for the authorities to manufacture more personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.As of Friday, Maharashtra alone had more cases than Iran, which has a slightly lower population than the Indian state, and Pakistan, which is home to nearly twice as many people. As a medical expert in India, who declined to be identified as he does not have permission to speak to the press, put it: “India is not one country.

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