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Besides showing the most alarming trends in the region, India is the world's second most affected country.
The Disaster Management Centre of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Monday revealed that the eight countries of the South Asian region together account for more than five and a half million COVID-19 cases.
The region has reported a total of 5,591,498 infected inhabitants and a 92,647 death toll. Among Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, however, there are 4,391,374 patients that have recovered from the decease and have been released from the hospitals and other health institutions.
Of all the South Asian region’s countries, India shows the most alarming figures. Besides being the hardest-hit country in Asia, it is the second most affected by the pandemic worldwide. As of today, India has reported 4,926,734 positive cases, with an 80,827 death toll.
"We need not wait for a COVID-19 vaccine. There are steps that countries can take. Prevent amplifying events. Save lives. Empower communities. Reinforce core measures and Isolate, test and trace" - WHO DG Dr Tedros at #RC73's inaugural session pic.twitter.com/7uFCRxSXww