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Coronavirus disaster: Global COVID-19 cases surge past 25 million

Global coronavirus cases have surged past 25 million, according to a Reuters tally, revealing steady growth in the pandemic as its epicentre shifts again.

India’s daily new case numbers have surpassed those of the United States and Brazil, the two countries worst hit by the pandemic, for more than three weeks.

India registered a record new 78,761 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the worst single-day spike in the world, as the government continues to further ease pandemic restrictions nationwide.

The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 948 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 63,498.

India now has the fastest-growing daily coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, and has reported more than 75,000 infections for the fourth consecutive day.

Today’s surge has raised the country’s total virus tally to over 3.5 million and comes at a time when India is reopening its subway networks and allowing sports and religious events in a limited manner from next month as part of efforts to revive the economy.

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India.
Camera IconA health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India. Credit: Mahesh Kumar A/AP

The crowded subway, a lifeline for millions of people in capital New Delhi, will be reopened in a phased manner from Sept. 7. Schools and colleges will, however, remain closed until the end of September.

Meanwhile, Mainland China — COVID’s first epicentre — has reported nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus, all them imported, the National Health Commission says, meaning there were no locally transmitted infections for a record 14th straight day.

The longest stretch China had previously gone without recording any local infections, since starting to report daily coronavirus numbers in late January, was 13 days from May 24 to June 5.

Total confirmed cases in China have reached 85,031, with 4634 deaths.

Around the world, there have been more than 840,000 deaths, considered a lagging indicator given the two-week incubation period of the virus.

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