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India’s virus cases cross 2 million, over 41,000 deaths reported

India has become the third nation in the world after the United States and Brazil to register more than 2 million coronavirus cases, government data showed Friday, as over 62,000 infections were reported in the country's biggest one-day spike.

India has become the third nation in the world after the United States and Brazil to register more than 2 million coronavirus cases, government data showed Friday, as over 62,000 infections were reported in the country’s biggest one-day spike.

The total number of cases recorded since the outbreak began stood at 2,027,074 and 62,538 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. Another 886 people died taking the total death toll to 41,585.

India confirmed the last million cases in just 21 days, faster than the US or Brazil. India reported its first case at the end of January and the rate of infections has been rising steadily since India began lifting its lockdown in phases from mid-May.

As its share in total worldwide cases has grown, the Asian country also reported nearly 1.4 million recoveries. Health ministry officials said India’s fatality rate of about 2 per cent is far lower compared to other worst-affected countries.

The western state of Maharashtra, which has India’s financial hub of Mumbai as its regional capital, is the worst hit in India. It has 479,000 cases and 16,792 deaths.

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