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India Reports New Record Jump in COVID-19 Cases

India Reports New Record Jump in COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 08:45
Health workers collect a swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. India's total of coronavirus infections passed 5 million Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

India has confirmed another record jump in coronavirus cases, logging 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours.


The Health Ministry said Thursday that the new cases raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.1 million since the pandemic began.


It said 1,132 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 83,198.


At the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to surpass the 6.6 million reported cases in the US, currently the country with the most reported infections.


Nationwide, India is testing more than 1 million samples per day, according to The Associated Press.


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