Record number of cases for the third day in a row
Only US, Brazil have a higher tally
India’s testing rate 2nd-lowest among countries with top 10 tally
India’s tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases crossed the million-mark on July 16, 2020.
- The Union health ministry pegged the figure at 1,003,832 on its July 17 morning update.
- Private aggregator Covid19india put it at 1,004,883.
- India added 34,956 cases positive to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last 24 hours, going by the ministry’s account.
- That would be a new high for the third straight day.
- Among the million-plus cases, 342,473 were active, according to the ministry.
- The official death toll climbed to 25,602 from 24,915 a day ago.
- India’s total tally trailed only two countries: The United States (3,695,025 cases) and Brazil (2,014,738), according to private aggregator Worldometers.
- The global aggregate was at 13,952,406.
- India has also recorded the eighth-highest death toll in the pandemic yet.
- The rate of testing for the virus, though ramped up in the recent past, remained relatively much lower at 9,469 / million people.
- Only Mexico had a lower rate (6,063 / million) among the countries with the top 10 total tally.
- The US has tested 138,021 people in every million. Russia — with the fourth-highest tally of 752,797 — has tested 164,821 / mln.
- Among the top five most affected countries, Brazil has tested 23,097 / mln and Peru 60,745 / mln.
- The rate for others in the top 10 were: 39,181 for South Africa; 70,695 for Chile; 128,892 for Spain and 186,588 for the United Kingdom.
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