India crossed another significant number for COVID-19 cases.
With 22,252 cases in the last 24 hours, the country’s COVID-19 positive cases crossed the 7-lakh mark (721,351).
The overall COVID-19 deaths crossed the 20k mark (20,184) with 467 new cases.
Since a week, the number of COVID-19 cases per day has also been rising above 20,000 on average.
India reported the first 1-lakh mark on May 19, followed by 2 lakh mark on June 03, 3 lakhs by June 13, 4 lakhs by June 21, and 5 lakh cases by June 21.
What’s more surprising is the rise from 6 to 7 lakhs in just 5 days, the fastest increase of 1 lakh infections in India.
With such a rise, India moved to the third position for positive cases and is also the 8th nation to hit the 20,000 mark for COVID-19 deaths.
The COVID-19 deaths in India began rising from May 2020, hitting the 10,000-mark by June 17 and above the 15,000 mark on June 26, 2020.
Maharashtra continues at the top position, by states, for both infections (211,987) and fatalities (9,026).
Next in the list, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi together contributed to over 1 lakh cases.
Karnataka is reporting a rise in community-level transmission and the number of deaths.
“Medical condition of eight infected with coronavirus admitted in Tumkur COVID Hospital is critical. There is no guarantee of their lives as per the information. We feel we are worried that coronavirus is spreading at the community level,” says Madhuswamy, Tumakuru district-in-charge minister.
Other states are also reporting a continuous rise in positive cases and deaths, triggering warning bells.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is worried about the COVID-19 intervention to HIV response activities.
“Progress is stalling because HIV prevention and testing services are not reaching the groups that need them most. Improved targeting of proven prevention and testing interventions and services – including PrEP and HIV self-testing – will be critical to reinvigorate the global response to HIV,” Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
Globally, the positive cases have reached more than 1.1 crores.