India COVID-19 tally surpasses Russian Federation; third worst-affected country now

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The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in the last 24 hours, while Russian Federation has just over 681,000 cases.

With this, the country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fourth consecutive day.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 15,350 Covid-19 patients have been cured, the ministry said.

India recorded tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising the country's total number past Russia's as the third-largest in the world.

Over the weekend, India counted tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases that saw the country surpass Russian Federation for home to the third-highest amount of confirmed cases. Till date, 3,374 persons have recovered and have been discharged, while the district's death toll had gone up to 310.

As per the data collated till July 5, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Assam, Tripura, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Goa and Punjab with their positivity rates are lesser than the national average and tests per 10 lakh population is higher than the national average.


The authorities have withdrawn a planned reopening of the monument along with other places of historical importance, citing the risk of new coronavirus infections spreading in Agra from visitors flocking to see the monument. There are 2,53,287 active coronavirus cases in the country, the ministry's data showed. The current recovery rate of the national capital is 70.22 per cent, which is higher than the national recovery rate of 60.77 per cent. New Delhi and Mumbai each have about 100,000 cases, with 3,000 dead in the capital and almost 5,000 in Mumbai. The analysis also said that within two months of the first health bulletin, the COVID-19 cases in the national capital neared the 5,000-mark, while 64 fatalities had been reported by May 4.

"The average number of samples being tested per day, which was only 5,481 (1 to 5 June), has witnessed a huge increase to reach an average of 18,766 samples per day between 1 to 5 July", the Union health ministry said in a statement.

Globally, there have been over 1.16 crore confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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.

With 8,822 deaths, Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-hit Indian state, followed by Delhi, which has reported 3,067 deaths so far.

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