Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India should assess its coronavirus fight based on the number of lives it has saved instead of the number of infections or the mortality rate. In an interview with The Economic Times, he added that India can still reach its goal of becoming a $5-trillion economy by 2024 despite the setbacks triggered by the pandemic.
India’s coronavirus tally rose to 80,40,203 on Thursday as it recorded 49,881 new cases in 24 hours. The country’s toll is now 1,20,527. India has 6,03,687 active cases, while the number of recoveries stands at 73,15,989. Globally, India is the second-worst country. The coronavirus has infected more than 4.4 crore people globally and killed 11,73,270 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 3 crore people have recovered from the infection.