INDIA BEATS WORLD RECORD IN COVID CASES WITH 69,239 IN ONE DAY
The number of coronavirus cases in India topped 3 million on Sunday, government data showed, as the country logged the world’s biggest daily rise in cases for almost three weeks, Siddharta Kumar wrote for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on August 23, 2020.
India, a country of 1.3 billion, has so far reported 3,044,940 infections, with 69,239 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the federal health ministry said. India is ranked third behind Brazil and the United States in the highest number of cases.
Another 912 people died, taking the total death toll to 56,706, data on the ministry website showed. India confirmed the last million cases in just 16 days, and the previous million in 21 days, faster than the US or Brazil.
It touched its first million cases on July 17, around 140 days after reporting its first case at the end of January. The rate of infections has grown exponentially since India began lifting its lockdown in phases from mid-May.