Assam reports 892 new COVID-19 cases; states tally at 20,646


India's total confirmed cases surpassed 1 million, the third-highest number behind the United States and Brazil, and its death toll reached more than 25,000.

India has become the third country to register 10 lakh or more COVID-19 cases after the United States and Brazil.

India's journey from half a million to one million has taken 20 days.

It's a club no country wants to be part of, but Friday (July 17) saw India join the US and Brazil in passing 1 million cases of coronavirus.

"With almost 400,000 active Covid-19 cases, we will never be able to have a long enough lockdown to get the cases to 100s", she said. At least 63.25% of the total COVID-19 patients were recovered from the disease.

"The decision was taken to depute a multi-disciplinary team to Bihar to review and coordinate with the State Health Department in managing the COVID-19 outbreak in the State". Poonthura, Pulluvilla and its nearby places have seen a rapid increase in the number of contact cases, the chief minister said.

The pandemic has surged in the country in recent weeks as it spread beyond the biggest cities, pushing India past Russian Federation as the third-most-infected country last week. Some experts also warn that the government should resolve testing-related issues before the second wave of coronavirus hits the state (in September-October).

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A whopping 31.6 lakh people are now in quarantine across the country as authorities made concerted efforts to check the spread of the novel coronavirus which has infected over 10 lakh people so far, officials said on Friday.

India's software capital Bangalore, a city of 13 million, enforced a week-long lockdown while the seaside tourism state of Goa ordered a "people's curfew" until 10 August.

The US reported an alarming 70,000-plus cases of the COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours.

Karnataka health officials would often be seen pating their back on controlling Corona positive cases and it is this foolish comparison and careless attitude that have pushed the state to cross the 50,000 cases mark.

The coronavirus deluge in parts of the U.S. produced more record numbers of confirmed infections and deaths in the country's south and west.

Notably, in view of Bihar emerging as the latest COVID-19 hotspot, the central government has already sent a special team to assess the pandemic situation in the state and extend support wherever needed. Once more zones are mapped out, health care workers will go from house to house and test those with symptoms, he said.

Chart showing India is reporting far fewer deaths per million than badly hit Western countries.

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