COVID-19: India cases cross 2.5 million with another jump

New Delhi: India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 2.5 million with another biggest single-day spike of 65,002 in the past 24 hours.

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India is behind the United States and Brazil in the number of cases.

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The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 996 deaths for a total of 49,036.

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The average daily reported cases jumped from around 15,000 in the first week of July to more than 50,000 at the beginning of August.

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The Health Ministry said the rise shows the extent of testing with 800,000 carried out in a single day. But experts say India needs to pursue testing more vigorously.

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India’s two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has eased and is now largely being enforced in high-risk areas. The new cases spiked after India reopened shops and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return to their homes from coronavirus-hit regions.

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Subways, schools and movie theatres remain closed.

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