Govt blames spike in corona virus cases on lack of public cooperation

Govt blames spike in corona virus cases on lack of public cooperation

India on Tuesday said it had detected more than 220 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours and blamed the surge on a lack of public cooperation.

The spike was due to a lack of public support in some locations and failure to inform authorities in time, said Lav Agarwal, a joint secretary in the health ministry, at a news conference.

Three new deaths have been reported in West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 32, he said.

R Gangakhedkar from the top medical research body ICMR said over 42,700 people had been tested, including over 4,300 on Monday alone.

That represents 36 per cent of India's capacity, he said, amid worries that limited testing may be masking the true scale of the outbreak.