India's coronavirus cases tally hits 7.8 million


FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker takes swab from a man for a rapid antigen test in a market area, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Ahmedabad, India, October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's coronavirus infections reached a total of 7.76 million, with 54,366 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Friday.

The world's second-most populous country also has the world's second-highest caseload, behind the United States, which has 8.3 million infections so far.

Deaths in India have been relatively low, with 117,306 mortalities from the coronavirus, out of which 690 were reported in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar in Mumbai; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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