The Indian authorities reported more than 22,700 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours this Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected to over 742,000, the third largest number in the world, only behind those registered in the United States and Brazil.
According to the Ministry of Health, 742,417 positive results for the new coronavirus pandemic have been confirmed, 22,752 more than on Tuesday. The number of fatalities rose to 20,642 in these 24 hours, 482 more than the previous day.
It has taken India five days to increase from 600,000 to 700,000 cases, and it is advancing to 800,000 with maximum infection. In Maharashtra alone, the country most affected by the pandemic, more than 217,000 cases of COVID-19 have been registered, more than 5,100 of them since Tuesday, the NDTV network reports.
The Narendra Modi government decided in March to restrict the country’s 1.3 billion residents, but in recent weeks progress has been made to gradually lift the restrictions imposed at the start of the pandemic. The authorities estimate that over 456,000 patients were cured during this period.