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Covid-19: India added 100,000 cases in less than a week; tally over 500,000

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Amritsar: A medic collects samples from a man for Covid-19 swab tests at Civil Hospital, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, in Amritsar, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (PTI Photo)(

A record rise of 18,552 cases in 24 hours pushed up India’s Covid tally beyond the half-a-million mark on Saturday, exactly three months after the worldwide count was at this level and 78 days after the US reached the number.

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More than five months after the first batch of positive cases was detected in Wuhan (China) on January 10, the global Covid-19 tally is about to breach the 10-million figure.

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In India, the last 100,000 cases were added in less than a week. Five states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh — account for about 67 per cent of the total cases and 80 per cent of the deaths. With epidemiologists predicting a peak in July-August, the pace could continue on an upwards trajectory. India is at number four in terms of Covid cases, and eighth in terms of deaths.



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