India overtakes Russia to become 3rd worst-hit country by COVID-19

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India overtook Russia to become the third worst-hit country by coronavirus after the total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 6.9 lakh till Sunday, July 5.

Only the US and Brazil have more cases than India and are at the first and second number with 2,888,730 and 1,603,055 cases, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 24,248 cases and 425 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry. The fresh cases and deaths have pushed the total cases in the country to 6,97,413 and the death count to 19,693. However, the recovery rate stands at 60.85%.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. The surge in numbers comes as India is unlocking to revive its economy.

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Moreover, COVID-19 tests in India crossed the 1 crore mark. Till 11 am today, 1,00,04,101 tests have been conducted, an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official has said.

Meanwhile, several monuments across the country will reopen from Monday for the first time in more than 100 days since the lockdown imposed in March. However, monuments in Agra like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort will remain closed until further orders as they fall in “buffer zone”.

On June 12, India became the fourth worst-hit country with a caseload of 2,97,205 and had surpassed the UK, according to the Worldometer.

Globally over 11.41 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 6.1 million have recovered so far, and 533,780 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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