Coronavirus: India passes 20,000 deaths as Melbourne locks down

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In India coronavirus cases have gone up to 7,19,665 including 22,252 reported in the past 24 hours.

On Tuesday, India's death toll from COVID-19 crossed 20,000, and its total caseload now exceeds 700,000.

There were more than 23,000 new cases yesterday, the country's health ministry revealed, down slightly on Sunday's record of just under 25,000.

India on Monday surpassed Russia's coronavirus count to become the third worst-affected nation.

It has also been reported that in terms of growth rate of COVID-19 related fatalities, India's numbers exceed any other country.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 6, taking the total number of samples tested till Monday to 1,02,11,092. The death toll due to the highly contagious disease is also close to 20,000.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 3,004 on Saturday.

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But the number of cases across the vast nation of 1.3 billion people has climbed steeply and is now close to surpassing badly-hit Russian Federation. Whereas in the 24 hours, over 2.4 lakh samples were tested. Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi which have reported over one lakh coronavirus cases each. India's cases of death per million population is around 14 while the global average is more than its four times, at 68.

The country has recorded almost 700,000 cases despite strict lockdowns imposed from March to May.

India is the world's most populous country with over 1.3 billion people residing within its borders, more than triple that of the United States.

"Coordinated efforts at all levels of the national and state governments for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results with consistently increasing gap between recoveries and active cases".

Modi had said, "Friends, keeping corona's death rate in mind, India is comparatively in a better position compared to many countries of the world".

There are 1,115 COVID-19 testing labs in the country, including 793 labs in the government sector and 322 private labs.

India recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus on January 30 - a patient in Kerala who had been studying at the Wuhan University, the centre of China's coronavirus outbreak.

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