India’s coronavirus cases cross 1 million mark

By Eudore R. Chand

NEW DELHI 18 July 2020: India on Friday became the third country in the world to record more than one million cases of the new coronavirus, behind only the United States and Brazil.

Infections spread further into the countryside and smaller towns, following the lifting of a vast lockdown, the federal health ministry data showed on Friday.

India recorded 34,956 new infections on Friday, taking the total to 1,003,832, with 25,602 deaths from Covid-19, health ministry said as quoted by Reuters. That compares to 3.6 million cases in the United States and 2 million in Brazil – countries with less than a third of India’s population, said Wam.

US shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day

WASHINGTON: The United States shattered its daily record for coronavirus infections on Thursday, reporting more than 77,000 new cases as the number of deaths in a 24-hour period rose by nearly 1,000, according to a Reuters tally.

The loss of 969 lives was the biggest increase since June 10, with Florida, South Carolina and Texas all reporting their biggest one-day spikes on Thursday.

More than 138,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes in case numbers and an alarming rise in hospitalizations in many states.

The current tally of 77,217 cases surpasses the previous record set on Friday when cases rose by 69,070. In June, cases rose by an average of 28,000 a day, according to a Reuters tally. In July, they have risen by an average of 57,625 a day.

On Thursday, Texas reported over 15,000 new cases, according to a Reuters tally of county data, while Florida reported nearly 14,000 new cases and California almost 10,000.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, has warned that cases could soon top 100,000 a day if Americans do not come together to take steps necessary to halt the spread of the virus.

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