India’s coronavirus cases set to cross 8 million

India’s coronavirus cases set to cross 8 million
India has the second-most number of confirmed coronavirus cases after the United States. (AP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

India’s coronavirus cases set to cross 8 million

India’s coronavirus cases set to cross 8 million
  • India has the second-most number of confirmed cases after the United States
  • Health experts warn that the numbers could surge again during the ongoing Hindu religious festival season

MUMBAI: India’s tally of coronavirus cases stood less than 10,000 away from the grim milestone of 8 million, as 43,893 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed.
Totalling 7.99 million, India has the second-most number of confirmed cases after the United States, which has a tally of 8.7 million.
The daily increase had been dipping in India since a peak in September, but health experts warn that the numbers could surge again during the ongoing Hindu religious festival season.
Deaths in India have been relatively low, totalling 120,010, out of which 508 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.


US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’

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US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’

US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’
  • Five programs were suspended

The US State Department said late Wednesday it has terminated five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them “soft power propaganda tools.”
“While other programs funded under the auspices of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act are mutually beneficial, the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the (Chinese) government as soft power propaganda tools,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.