More than 53,600 people have tested positive for coronavirus in India in the past 24 hours. This puts the Asian country above the data from the USA and Brazil as the place with the highest infection rates in the world for the seventh day in a row.
The Indian Ministry of Health updated the tentative balance of COVID-19 on Tuesday with 53,601 new cases to a total of more than 2,268,000. India is the third country in the world hardest hit by this pandemic.
More than 15.8 million sick people have recovered in India while more than 45,000 have lost their lives, 871 of them in the last 24 hours. Authorities have cut the death rate below 2 percent for the first time after it hit 2.83 percent in mid-June, according to the NDTV network.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who ordered the containment of the country’s 1.3 billion inhabitants in March, has called a new round of contacts with the heads of state in a dozen states to analyze the development of the situation. Maharashtra remains the hardest hit region with more than 524,000 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.