India becomes third worst-hit country


India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its nearly two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's covid-19 tally reached 7,19,665.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 85,700-mark and the death toll has topped the 4,900-mark as well.

Of the 19,693 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra accounts for 8,822 deaths, followed by Delhi (3,067), Gujarat (1,943), Tamil Nadu (1,510), Uttar Pradesh (785), West Bengal (757), Madhya Pradesh (608), Rajasthan (456) and Karnataka (372). India is the only country where cases doubled in less than 20 days (red) on all three dates.

Coming to the number of tests conducted, India on July 6 achieved a significant milestone as it has now tested over 1 crore samples for coronavirus.

Situation Report released on Monday, the health ministry said India has 505.37 cases per million population while the global average is 1,453.25. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai has gone up by 39, to 4,935. According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, India's death toll is the eighth-worst.

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Meanwhile Australia, a country lauded for its swift and decisive action on the pandemic is dealing with an anomaly: its second largest city reported a surge in cases. Brazil is in second place with 1,623,284 cases, followed by India (719,665), Russian Federation (686,852) and Peru (305,703). Russian Federation now has just over 681,000 cases. "The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has increased to 61.13 per cent", it said.

The US has recorded 2,936,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

The move came after hundreds over new cases emerged across the state, which had previously been praised for reining in its outbreak.

India is the world's most populous country with over 1.3 billion people residing within its borders, more than triple that of the United States.