India’s Covid-19 cases surge past one million to third highest in world

India added a record number of Covid-19 cases – nearly 35,000 – in the last 24 hours, breaching the one million mark. The third highest infection rate in the world behind the United States and Brazil.

The country’s health officials provided an update on the latest COVID-19 data on Friday, as infections spread into towns and the countryside.

It has the world’s third-largest case load, after the US and Brazil – the only three countries so far to record more than a million coronavirus cases.

India’s active cases account for about a third of its total tally as it has been reporting a high recovery rate and a low death rate from the virus, BBC reported.

But deaths have been rising. At 25,602, they are eighth-highest in the world.

India’s number of cases has been on the rise – with nearly record daily surges – in recent weeks. It overtook Russia earlier this month to occupy the third spot for the highest number of coronavirus cases globally.