India Surpasses Russia In Reported Coronavirus Infections

COVID-19 pandemic

Covid-19: India reports record daily cases

India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its nearly two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts.

The number of recovered cases exceeded that of the active cases by 1,64,268 as of Sunday, the ministry said."Thus, 60.77 per cent of the patients have recovered so far", it said.

Out of the total number of cases, 2,59,557 are active and 4,39,948 have been cured/discharged/migrated.

India overtook Russian Federation to occupy the third spot in the list of nations worst-hit by coronavirus, adding more than 24,000 cases on Sunday.

Over the weekend, India counted tens of thousands of new Covid-19 cases that saw the country surpass Russian Federation for home to the third-highest amount of confirmed cases.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the impact of the virus, even as Brazil has suffered one of the world's worst outbreaks, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 65,000 related deaths, according to official data on Monday.

National capital, New Delhi, is also among the epicentres, reporting 100,823 infections and 3,115 deaths. Between July 6 and 7, up to 22,252 new cases were added. India is also testing more, with almost 250,000 COVID-19 tests being administered daily, according to Heath Ministry data.

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Ten states account for 92 per cent coronavirus-linked deaths and 84 per cent cases in the country.

Delhi crossed 1 lakh mark, with 1,379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

After Delhi comes Gujarat, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 36,858 cases with 26,323 patients recovered and 1,961 fatalities. India's cases of death per million population is around 14 while the global average is more than its four times, at 68.

The graph plots cases in countries with more than 2 lakh infections since the 10,000th case.

"It is important to test more because you can not devise strategies for the remaining 99% of the population by looking at statistics coming from just 1% of the country's population", Dr T Jacob John, former virology head at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, was quoted by a media report as saying.

There are 1,115 COVID-19 testing labs in the country, including 793 labs in the government sector and 322 private labs.

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