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India has recorded more than 1 million Covid-19 cases and 25,000 deaths from the virus, crossing the twin milestones on Tuesday amid a massive surge in the pandemic in recent days. The country added more than 36,000 new cases and 687 deaths during the day, both by far the highest in a single day. India is the third country, after the US and Brazil, to log 1 million Covid-19 cases and the eighth to register over 25,000 deaths. India’s caseload has risen from 8 lakh to 10 lakh in just six days, as compared with nine days while moving from 6 lakh to 8 lakh and 11 days for the previous 2 lakh cases. Likewise, the death toll has risen from 20,000 to 25,000 in just 10 days.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India has 3,42,473 active COVID-19 cases, which is around a third of the country’s infection tally. Recoveries rose to 6,35,756 including a record number of 22,942 number of patients declared cured in 24 hours.

As on July 16, the cumulative number of 1.3 crore samples have been tested so far and on Thursday 3.33 lakh samples were tested. After the US, which has carried out a record 42 million Covid-19 tests, India has done the second largest number of 12 million coronavirus tests, the White House has said.

Amid a major spike in the pandemic in the state, Karnataka became the third state to log 4,000 or more cases in a day, nearly 1,000 more than Wednesday’s number. The state also crossed 50,000 cases and 1,000 deaths.

Breaking all previous records, Maharashtra on Thursday added 8,641 new Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day addition since the pandemic broke. The previous highest was 8,139 cases reported on July 11. The state’s case tally on Thursday reached 2,84,281, very close to the 3 lakh mark. The state also reported 266 deaths, the second-highest toll for a day so far, taking the total toll past 11,000.

Even as fresh cases rose to a new high in Tamil Nadu, Chennai continued to report declining numbers. As Chennai detected 1,157 cases on Thursday, a mathematical model suggested that the infection was no more an epidemic in the city.

Telangana recorded 10 deaths and 1,676 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total tally of cases beyond the 40,000 mark. Telangana also set a new record in Covid-19 testing with 14,027 samples tested on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 10 lakh mark and issued a warning that by August 10, more than 20 lakh people may be infected in the country. He called on the government to take concrete steps to control the pandemic.

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