India and Pakistan have experienced their largest single-day increase in coronavirus infections, confirming more than 14,700 cases between them Friday, as the virus shows no sign of peaking in South Asia.
Each country now exceeds the number of reported cases from China, where the pandemic originated.
India, with the highest coronavirus count in Asia, reported 9,851 additional infections Friday. Its daily tallies are now higher than any country's except for the United States, Brazil and Russia. Neighboring Pakistan reported 4,896 new cases Friday. Its total of 89,249 cases has surpassed China's tally for the first time, with its most populous Punjab province accounting for the largest share of infections.
The sudden spike in Pakistan, with a population of some 212 million people, comes nearly a month after Prime Minister Imran Khan brushed aside warnings from experts and eased a nationwide lockdown. The government in recent days was reportedly considering renewing…