Women watching Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation on TV screens inside a showroom in Ahmedabad, India, on June 30.
India has recorded at least 75,000 new cases a day since August 31. On Sunday, the country reported 90,802 new cases along with 1,016 new deaths.
The government is attributing the rise in cases to “behavior fatigue,” Randeep Guleria, a senior adviser to the government during the pandemic and director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said Saturday, according to the country’s Business Today magazine.
“People are getting tired of wearing masks and tired of taking safety measures,” he said.
While the rise in cases is alarming, India still has a low fatality rate, with 1.7% of its recorded cases ending in death. In comparison, Spain has a death rate of 5.9%, while the US’s is 3%.