India cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump

  • India
  • Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

Health workers wearing protective clothing arrive to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai, India, Friday (July 10). India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. It has recorded a total of 820,916 thus far. - AP

NEW DELHI, July 11 (AP): India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to impose a partial lockdown in high-risk areas.

The new confirmed cases took the national total to 820,916. It is also the highest single day spike in terms of Covid-19 cases in the country.

The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 519 deaths for a total of 22,123.

A surge in infections saw the cases jumping from 600,000 to more than 800,000 in nine days.

The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at more than 62%.

Eight of India’s 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, account for nearly 90% of all infections.

The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, with nearly 230 million people, imposed a weekend lockdown while several others announced restrictions in districts reporting major spikes.
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