India tops grim milestone of 8 million covid cases

Eudore R. Chand

MUMBAI 30 October 2020: India crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed.

The world’s second most populous nation also has the second highest tally of infections after the United States, which has recorded 8.8 million.

Cases in India have dipped sharply from September’s peak, but experts warn the current festival season could bring another spike, said Reuters/Wam.

The death toll has been low relative to infections, with 517 new deaths in the last 24 hours carrying the total to 120,527, the ministry said.

Global coronavirus cases cross 44.2 million

More than 44.2 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,169,580​ have died, according to a Reuters tally published on Thursday.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.



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