Featured image: Medical workers in protective suits attend to people lining up for nucleic acid testing at a residential compound, following imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections from neighbouring Myanmar, in the border city of Ruili, Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, China, September 16, 2020. Photo: cnsphoto via Reuters
India added 96,424 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday, taking the country’s tally of confirmed cases to 52,14,677. The death toll is 84,372. According to the health ministry, 10,17,754 cases are still active, while 41,12,551 people have been cured or discharged or have migrated. The confirmed cases include foreigners.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and and it went past 50 lakh on September 16.
India is now the second worst-hit nation by the pandemic after the US, having surpassed Brazil. However, India has been reporting more daily cases than the United States since mid-August.
Deaths, which have been relatively low so far, are showing an uptick, and the country has recorded more than 1,000 deaths every day for the last two weeks. According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, India’s death toll is the third-worst.
Independent trackers are reporting a slightly higher death tally than the health ministry. According to Worldometer, India has 5,214,677 confirmed cases and that 84,404 people have died because of COVID-19.
Across the world, there have now been over 30 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. In total, 30,071,368 confirmed cases have been reported as of Thursday morning.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the global death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 944,887. Another 20,439,652 people have recovered from the disease.
In many countries, official data includes only deaths reported in hospitals, not those in homes or nursing homes.
The US has recorded 6,674,458 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. India is in second place with 5,118,253 cases, followed by Brazil (4,455,386), Russia (1,081,152) and Peru (744,400).
The US has also recorded the highest death toll, with 197,633 fatalities so far. The death toll has also been high in Brazil (134,935), India (83,198), Mexico (72,179), the UK (41,794), Italy (35,658), France (31,103), and Peru (31,051).
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