A lab technician tests samples at the Communicable Disease Hospital treating COVID-19 patients. File/AP
India has recorded 933 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours as fresh infections surged by another 61,537 cases to reach nearly 2.1 million.
The Health Ministry says the total deaths touched 42,518, including more than 20,000 in the past 30 days. An average of around 50,000 new cases are reported each day since mid-June.
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The ministry asked state authorities to test grocery shop workers and street vendors, saying that if undetected they can potentially spread infection to a large number of people.
India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil. It has the fifth-most deaths but its fatality rate of about 2% is far lower than the top two hardest-hit countries.
A patient is connected to an oxygen tank in the Intensive Care Unit ward for COVID-19 patients. File/AP
Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease has spread widely across the country.
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The Health Ministry registered another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours. India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country in coming weeks, surpassing the U.S., where more than 7.7 million infections have been reported.
The Health Ministry says the total fatalities touched 44,386 on Monday. The number of positive cases reported so far are 2,215,074. At least 634,935 patients were still undergoing treatment.
India’s Health Ministry reported 69,878 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,975,701. Globally India has been reporting the biggest daily rise in cases for 18 consecutive days.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. India's total coronavirus cases rose by 61,267 in the last 24 hours to 6.69 million on Tuesday morning, data from the health ministry showed.
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