India new Covid-19 epicentre? Total cases cross 27 lakh

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Published: August 18,2020 10:43 AM
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August 18, 2020: With a spike of 55,079 cases and 876 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 27,02,743 on Tuesday.

August 18, 2020: With a spike of 55,079 cases and 876 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 27,02,743 on Tuesday. India's COVID-19 death toll topped the 50,000 mark Monday, becoming the fourth-highest toll from the virus in the world, behind the U.S., Brazil and Mexico, as the pandemic continues to cause suffering across the world.





The world's second-most populous country recorded 55,079 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, raising the total to 27,02,743, while an additional 876 deaths raised the overall death toll to 51,797. India is only the third country, behind Brazil and the U.S., to record more than 2 million infections, but it has a relatively lower death rate of 1.9%, compared with the world average of 3.5%. The country now has 6,73,166 active cases while 19,77,780 are discharged/migrated.





India has been posting at least 50,000 new cases per day since July 30 as the disease has spread from major cities like Mumbai and Delhi into the impoverished hinterlands of densely populated states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict lockdown on March 25 to curb the outbreak. Restrictions have gradually been eased since early June, but in many parts of India, public transport, cinemas and malls remain closed, making it difficult to rescue the economy from a slowdown that shows no signs of abating.