Photos: India’s Covid-19 cases cross 1.8 million; top politicians ill

India’s coronavirus tally stands at 1.8 million after posting 6 straight days of over 50,000 cases as of August 4. As India’s epidemic moves outside the major cities and further into its vast hinterland, it is also affecting government operations as well. On August 2, Union Home Minster Amit Shah became the senior-most minister in PM Modi’s cabinet to contract the infection, underscoring the challenges governments are facing to curb the spread of the virus. Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan is already recovering from the illness while Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa also revealed on August 2 he had Covid-19.

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A health worker and her team walk through an alley during a Covid-19 check up campaign at a slum area in Mumbai on August 3.The addition of 52,050 new cases of Covid-19 has taken India’s total past 1.85 million confirmed cases according to the Health Ministry’s figures. India has reported six straight days of over 50,000 cases as of August 4. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

A health worker and her team walk through an alley during a Covid-19 check up campaign at a slum area in Mumbai on August 3.The addition of 52,050 new cases of Covid-19 has taken India’s total past 1.85 million confirmed cases according to the Health Ministry’s figures. India has reported six straight days of over 50,000 cases as of August 4. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

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A BMC health care worker checks on a resident at Kurla in Mumbai in August 2. With 803 new deaths, the COVID-19 disease has now killed 38,938 people in India. Meanwhile recoveries have increased to 12,30,509. On August 2, Union Home Minster Amit Shah tested positive for Covid-19 as well. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

A BMC health care worker checks on a resident at Kurla in Mumbai in August 2. With 803 new deaths, the COVID-19 disease has now killed 38,938 people in India. Meanwhile recoveries have increased to 12,30,509. On August 2, Union Home Minster Amit Shah tested positive for Covid-19 as well. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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Police personnel, party leaders and others pay tribute to BJP leader and UP cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun, who died due to COVID-19 in Kanpur on August 2. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh is also recovering in hospital. (PTI)

Police personnel, party leaders and others pay tribute to BJP leader and UP cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun, who died due to COVID-19 in Kanpur on August 2. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh is also recovering in hospital. (PTI)

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People pass through a street leading to a market barricaded by authorities for crowd control in Kolkata on August 2. According to the Health Ministry, the Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 65.77%, while the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is at 2.11% as on August 3. The ministry attributed this to an “effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols,” in a statement on August 2. (Bikas Das / AP)

People pass through a street leading to a market barricaded by authorities for crowd control in Kolkata on August 2. According to the Health Ministry, the Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 65.77%, while the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is at 2.11% as on August 3. The ministry attributed this to an “effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols,” in a statement on August 2. (Bikas Das / AP)

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A medic collects a blood sample as part of Delhi’s second round of serological survey which involves rapid antibody tests to calculate the transmission stage of Covid-19, on August 2. The current CFR also masks the potential fatalities that could be recorded from among the over 500,000 active cases at present. According to a study in Lancet, it takes around 17 days for people who develop critical Covid-19 infections to succumb to the illness. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

A medic collects a blood sample as part of Delhi’s second round of serological survey which involves rapid antibody tests to calculate the transmission stage of Covid-19, on August 2. The current CFR also masks the potential fatalities that could be recorded from among the over 500,000 active cases at present. According to a study in Lancet, it takes around 17 days for people who develop critical Covid-19 infections to succumb to the illness. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A health worker collects swab sample to test for Covid-19 at the Indo-Israel Non-Invasive Raid Covid-19 test study camp as part of Operation Open Skies, at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, in New Delhi on July 31. As infections continue to surge in the country, having registered a record of 57,118 on August 1, India has also stepped up efforts to test more people and search for a vaccine. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A health worker collects swab sample to test for Covid-19 at the Indo-Israel Non-Invasive Raid Covid-19 test study camp as part of Operation Open Skies, at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, in New Delhi on July 31. As infections continue to surge in the country, having registered a record of 57,118 on August 1, India has also stepped up efforts to test more people and search for a vaccine. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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People registering at a Covid-19 test camp organized for merchants and their employees at Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya in Pune on August 1. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,08,64,750 samples have been tested up to August 2 with 6,61,892 samples being tested on the day. (Ravindra Joshi / HT Photo)

People registering at a Covid-19 test camp organized for merchants and their employees at Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya in Pune on August 1. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,08,64,750 samples have been tested up to August 2 with 6,61,892 samples being tested on the day. (Ravindra Joshi / HT Photo)

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A Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) health worker pictured with a swab for sample collection while people wait on July 31. The health ministry on August 3 said that the country’s drugs authorities had allowed Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, to conduct phase 2 and 3 trials of a vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) health worker pictured with a swab for sample collection while people wait on July 31. The health ministry on August 3 said that the country’s drugs authorities had allowed Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, to conduct phase 2 and 3 trials of a vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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