WORLD India overtakes Russia to become world's third highest for virus cases: govt

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India overtakes Russia to become world's third highest for virus cases: govt

AFP

17:26, July 06, 2020

India announced Monday that it had logged nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the world's third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic.

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Air passengers wearing protective suits walk out of the arrival lounge of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after the authorities eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kolkata on July 6, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in the last 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases.

India has registered 19,693 deaths from the virus, a much lower number than many other badly hit countries. The United States and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases.

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