India coronavirus count tops 600,000 amid recent surge

Indian medical staff hands over certificates and flowers to patients who recovered from COVID-19 after their discharge at a hospital in Siliguri on July 1, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 02 July 2020

India coronavirus count tops 600,000 amid recent surge

  • India’s virus tally stood at 604,641 infections, with 100,000 of those infections reported in the past four days
  • Many industries and businesses have reopened across the country, and Indians have cautiously returned to the streets

NEW DELHI: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has topped 600,000, with health authorities reporting 19,148 new cases in the past 24 hours.
As of Thursday, India’s virus tally stood at 604,641 infections, with 100,000 of those infections reported in the past four days.
India’s Health Ministry said the death toll from the virus was now 17,834 people.
The worst hit three states, including those home to the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, account for more than 60 percent of the country’s cases.
Despite the surge in infections, the western beach of state of Goa, a popular backpacking destination, opened for tourism on Thursday with the state government allowing 250 hotels to reopen after more than three months. Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates or get tested on arrival.
The state has so far reported 1,387 positive cases with four deaths.
Many industries and businesses have reopened across the country, and Indians have cautiously returned to the streets. Schools remain closed.


India sees another single-day record increase in COVID-19 cases

Updated 14 August 2020

India sees another single-day record increase in COVID-19 cases

  • India’s confirmed cases reached 2,461,190 with at single-day spike of 64,553 cases reported in the past 24 hours
  • India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours

NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain’s to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday.
According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
India’s confirmed cases reached 2,461,190 with at single-day spike of 64,553 cases reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said. India is behind the United States and Brazil in total positive cases. More than 70% of people infected in India have recovered.
The daily increase in newly reported infections was around 15,000 in the first week of July but jumped to more than 50,000 in the first week of August. The ministry cited its testing efforts, with more than 800,000 tests in a single day, taking cumulative tests to more than 26 million.
Health experts say it needs to be higher, given India’s population of 1.4 billion.
India’s two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has eased and is now largely being enforced in high-risk areas. The new cases spiked after India reopened shops and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return to their homes from coronavirus-hit regions.