India's coronavirus tally exceeds 1m on record infection surge

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The Health Ministry also reported a record number of 606 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 24,915.

The Indian Medical Association, said that COVID-19 had killed 99 doctors. "We have given the proposal to the government", said Kumar.

India reported a record single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on July 17: 34,956.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have between them recorded more than 1.4 million cases and nearly 33,000 deaths. Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, has reported a record 428 new cases. India's total deaths stood at 25,602, the ministry said.

The Union Health Ministry highlighted that the case fatality rate at 18.6 deaths/million of the country is one of the lowest in the world.

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After the USA, which has carried out a record 42 million COVID-19 tests, India has done the second largest number of 12 million coronavirus tests, the White House has said.

Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of people in quarantine among states, followed by Maharashtra, they said.

A chart showing India's cumulative Covid-19 cases. There are 169 active cases and 480 patients have been cured to date. In Uttarakhand, COVID-19 cases arising out of three weddings have forced authorities to enforce lockdown in different parts of the state. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the U.S. and Brazil.

Presently the country has entered "Unlock 2.0" phase, though restrictions remain in full force inside the COVID-19 Containment Zones.

A total of 31.6 lakh people are now in institutional and home quarantine across India, a Union Home Ministry official told PTI.

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Modi and top government officials have repeatedly said in televised speeches that India is doing better than richer countries, especially when it comes to the death rate. Across the world, 13.37 million people have been infected while 5,80,000 have died due to the virus.

In Houston, an 86-person Army medical team worked to take over a wing of United Memorial Medical Center. "This can not be done when infections are already leading to large case-counts", she said.

It added that with the use of antigen tests, more tests were being carried out, and that it was absolutely necessary that all such testing data is uploaded to the ICMR database and all positive cases were brought to the attention of district/ municipal authorities for isolation/quarantine/treatment.

The southern state of Kerala, which had been largely successful in controlling the spread of the virus, also extended lockdown restrictions by a week in its biggest city, Thiruvananthapuram, after cases almost doubled in just a few days.

But deaths have been rising.

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