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Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million as India sets grim record

Bennie Garza | 30 August, 2020, 18:52

The death toll climbed to 62,550 with 1,021 people succumbing to the diseases in 24 hours.

The world's second most populous nation is the third worst affected globally after the United States and Brazil, but its daily tallies have exceeded those of the other two countries for nearly two weeks.

- South Korea reported 299 new cases of the coronavirus as officials placed limits on dining at restaurants and closed fitness centres and after-school academies in the greater capital area to slow the spread of the virus. "This number should be one in 20 simply and means that testing is still sub-optimal and the outbreak is growing".

A community health volunteer checks the temperature of a girl during a COVID-19 check-up campaign at a slum in Mumbai, August 17, 2020. Yet, India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 76.6 percent.

India's Covid-19 recoveries have sprinted past 27 lakh, taking the recovery rate to 76.61 per cent, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.79 per cent, the health ministry said on Sunday.

With a record 10,55,027 tests conducted on Saturday, the country has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 daily.

There are 7,65,302 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.60 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Coronavirus cases in India have been rising significantly now.

It took 110 days for COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while just 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.

With more than 70,000 cases being added each day, experts say it could be many weeks before the pandemic peaks in the country of 1.3 billion people.

- The Australian state of Victoria recorded 114 new cases and 11 more deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its guidance note on "Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19", has advised comprehensive surveillance for suspected coronavirus cases.

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