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Coronavirus: India registers over 90,000 COVID-19 cases, 1065 deaths in 24 hours

Coronavirus: India registers over 90,000 COVID-19 cases, 1065 deaths in 24 hours

The death toll in India has now reached 71,642, including 1,016 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Many experts, however, say it is not testing enough people and not properly recording many deaths, meaning the real numbers may be much higher.

Today's jump was the third straight daily record in India, government data showed, provisionally carrying its tally past Brazil, which has just over 4.1 million cases, although the time difference means the South American nation will release its corresponding figure later.

On September 6, the number of coronavirus cases in India went past the 41-lakh mark with a record rise of over 90,633 cases.

Virologist Shahid Jameel, who heads the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, said the key factor to watch is the growth rate in infections, which he called "quite alarming". In September so far, the state has recorded 7,906 cases, at an average of 1,317 cases daily.

Healthcare worker collects a nasal swab from a woman in Mumbai.

Jameel said the move was overdue.

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Only the United States, where more than 61 lakh people have so far been found to be infected, is ahead of India. "More than three-fourth of the total cases have recovered", said the ministry.

Earlier this spring, India instituted the world's largest lockdown to try to stem the pandemic.

Economic output contracted a historic 23.9 per cent between April and June.

Several other cities have also resumed metro train service, including the tech hub Bengaluru in southern India.

On Sunday, for the second straight day, the country recorded the recovery of more than 70,000 patients, taking the total number of recoveries to almost 3.2 million.

That prompted local officials to require face masks in all public spaces to slow the virus's spread, in hope of avoiding a spike in cases that could again overwhelm hospitals as autumn approaches.

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