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With Covid cases rising, India set to overtake Brazil to No 2 spot

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 31, 2020

India reports 78,500 cases in the last 24 hours

India is heading to become the country with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases after the US, replacing Brazil.

This is expected to happen in a few days with the daily number of cases rising again after stagnating at around 60,000 for almost a week.

In the last 24 hours, India reported 78,500 fresh Covid-19 cases.

But with 60,868 people recovering and 971 succumbing to the infection during the same period, the total number of active cases in the country moved up by 16,673 to 7,81,975.

However, with a total of 36.21 lakh confirmed Covid cases, India is fast catching up with Brazil, which has a tally of 38.62 lakh confirmed cases.

The spread of the infection has slightly slowed in Brazil; according to the World Health Organization, the South American nation reported around 41,350 new cases on Sunday compared to 78,512 in India.

The US, with close to 60 lakh cases as of now, is far ahead in the number of confirmed cases.

A saving grace for India is also its lower mortality rate. Only 64,469 lives have been lost in India so far, while Brazil has reported 1,20,462 deaths till date, according to WHO.

Also, in India, 27,74,801 have recovered from the infection since the pandemic was first reported in the country on January 30.

AP moves ahead of TN

Among the States, Andhra Pradesh (4,24,767) has overtaken Tamil Nadu (4,22,085) to become No 2 in total confirmed cases. Maharashtra, with 7,80,689 cases, is No 1.

According to a Health Ministry release on Monday, Maharashtra (1,93,889), Andhra Pradesh (99,129) and Karnataka (88,110) accounted for 43 per cent of all active Covid-19 cases in the country.

Published on August 31, 2020

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