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Monday 2 March 2020

India Reports 2 more Cases of Coronavirus

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BENGALURU (Reuters) — India reported two more cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to five.

One of the new cases was detected in the capital, New Delhi, while the other was in the southern state of Telangana, the government said in a statement. The patients had a travel history from Italy and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, respectively, the government said. Both patients were stable and being closely monitored.

The number of cases reported in India does not seem plausible given the size of the Indian population. The same is true for Pakistan and Bangladesh, which miraculously remain largely unaffected by the virus. U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources told Reuters last week, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.

An estimated 17 mln Indians died during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19, while the country had a population of only 350 mln, 85% of whom lived in the countryside. Given the current population of 1.4 bln and its hyper urbanization, the ongoing epidemic could claim more than 100 mln lives in India.

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