India recorded more than 65,000 deaths from COVID-19 on the last day, while the total number of cases is steadily increasing with a further 70,000 more infections, according to health ministry data released on Tuesday.
819 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the number to 65,288 deaths in the country since the pandemic began. That makes India the third largest country with the highest number of deaths after overtaking Mexico, with a death rate of 1.77 percent.
In addition, an additional 69,921 positives were registered, making a total of 3.69 million cases confirmed, of which 2.83 million have already recovered. According to the Ministry of Health, the recovery rate is 76.94 percent. To date, more than 43.3 million tests have been performed, with more than a million on the last day.
The rate of infection has accelerated over the past month, largely due to the spread of the virus from large cities, which is now the epicenter of the pandemic, to rural areas home to 900 of its 1.3 billion people.
India exceeded 2 million cases on August 7th and 3 million on August 23rd. Experts believe the country could overtake Brazil as the world’s second hardest hit country in a few weeks and overtake the United States, the major focus of the pandemic with more than 6 million cases, in a few months.