Over 1 million: India joins US, Brazil in grim coronavirus club

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The Indian Medical Association, said that COVID-19 had killed 99 doctors.

"This is an opportunity for us all to discuss and debate what the "new normal" should look like - particularly when it comes to the quality of the air we breathe", Kumar said.

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, as infections spread further into the countryside and smaller towns. California, meanwhile, reported its largest two-day total of confirmed cases, almost 20,000, along with 258 deaths over 48 hours. At least 1,966,748 COVID-19 cases were reported worldwide. Union Health Ministry said, more than six lakh 35 thousand of the total cases have recovered.

"There are [only] some areas which have witnessed localized outbreaks", Rajesh Bhushan, a senior health ministry official, said at a recent media briefing.

It's a club no country wants to be part of, but Friday (July 17) saw India join the USA and Brazil in passing 1 million cases of coronavirus. The cumulative number of 1,30,72,718 samples tested has resulted in 9,473 tests per million for the country.

The ministry said that India has followed a standard of care protocol for the differentiated categorisation of COVID-19 patients - mild, moderate and severe - as clearly formulated in the Clinical Management Protocol of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). There are 169 active cases and 480 patients have been cured to date.

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Government today said that the actual case load of COVID-19 in the country is only around three lakh 42 thousand.

Authorities imposed fresh lockdowns and designated new containment zones in several states this week, including the largely rural Bihar state in the east and the southern tech hub Bengaluru, where cases have spiked.

After nearly four months, India has begun a limited number of global flights by establishing "air bubbles" with the US, Germany and France.

Health authorities on Friday asked the 5.5 million residents of Barcelona, the regional capital of Catalonia, to stay at home as much as possible to stem the virus' spread. The vast majority of cases are still being missed, he said.

In Houston, an 86-person Army medical team worked to take over a wing of United Memorial Medical Center.

Uttar Pradesh's neighbouring state of Bihar, another densely populated state in the country, also imposed a lockdown from July 16 to 31. The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths has risen 34 percent from two weeks ago, while the case count in that period shot up 43 percent.

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