India’s count rises to 61.45 lakh, global toll crosses 10 lakh

New Delhi, Sept 29:

More than 10 lakh people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, marking another milestone in the pandemic’s brief but devastating history.

The death toll from the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, now stands at 1,000,555, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 3.32 crore people and the number of recoveries has crossed 2.3 crore.

The number of COVID-19 cases in India is consistently rising, despite the enforcement of one of the strictest and most prolonged lockdowns . India now has more than 60 lakh cases. The US remains in the lead, however, with the highest number of infections:71 lakh cases.

India’s coronavirus count rose to 61,45,291 on Tuesday after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported 70,589 infections in 24 hours. The country’s toll went up by 776 to 96,318. As many as 51,01,397 people have recovered so far. India’s recovery rate is 83.01%, while the death rate stands at 1.57%.

The grim tally has been reached in less than nine months since the first death caused by the coronavirus was confirmed by Chinese authorities in the city of Wuhan.

Since then, the virus has disrupted the everyday lives of billions of people around the globe and caused widespread economic damage. More than 3 crore 30 lakh cases have been confirmed worldwide and outbreaks continue to plague many countries.

Europe, which became the second epicenter for the virus after China, imposed widespread restrictions on people’s movements in the spring in an effort to curb its spread. While the measures had some success, a number of countries that were badly affected early on — such as France, Spain and the United Kingdom — are nowbattling to rein in a second wave.

The United States, with more than 7 million cases and more than 205,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University data, has been the worst-affected nation overall.

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