Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2020

India reports record 40,425 new virus cases

New Delhi: India reported more than 40,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, a record high for the country.

People wearing protective masks walk in front of a hoarding of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan wishing him a speedy recovery, as he and members of his family were tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, July 19, 2020.

The 40,425 new cases raised India’s total to 1,118,043, including 27,497 deaths.

The ministry said late Sunday that India’s coronavirus fatality rate — currently at 2.49% — is “progressively falling” due to an effective containment strategy and aggressive testing.

A country of 1.4 billion people, India has been conducting nearly 10,000 tests per million people. More than 300,000 samples are being tested every day now, compared to just a few hundred in March, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body.

With a surge in infections in the past few weeks, local governments in India have been ordering focused lockdowns in high-risk areas.

The Associated Press

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