India reports highest spike of 16,000 coronavirus cases

New Delhi is emerging a cause of concern for the Indian government and is being criticized for its poor contact tracing and a lack of hospital beds. (AFP)
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Updated 24 June 2020

India reports highest spike of 16,000 coronavirus cases

  • Actual numbers are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons such as limited testing
  • India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the US, Russia and Brazil

NEW DELHI: India has recorded the highest spike of 15,968 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 456,183, with Mumbai and New Delhi as the worst-hit cities in the country.
The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported a record 24-hour increase of 465 deaths due to COVID-19, driving fatalities to 14,476.
The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 56.38 percent.
The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons, such as limited testing.
Maharashtra, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states are the worst-hit states, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all cases in the country.
New Delhi is emerging a cause of concern for the federal government and is being criticized for its poor contact tracing and a lack of hospital beds. With infections in New Delhi set to surge, the government estimates it will have nearly 550,000 cases by the end of July.
India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the US, Russia and Brazil.


US reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Updated 6 min 46 sec ago

US reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

  • The bleak milestone was reached as new cases in the US run at about 54,000 a day

ROME: The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the US reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
However, health officials believe that for every reported case, there are roughly 10 times as many people infected, given the limits on testing and the large number of mild infections that have unreported or unrecognized.
The bleak milestone was reached as new cases in the US run at about 54,000 a day. While that’s down from a peak of well over 70,000 in the second half of July, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most. Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing.