Coronavirus cases hit 16 million worldwide; India reports 48,661 cases in last 24 hours

The number of coronavirus infections has hit 16 million worldwide, while more than 644,500 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 9.26 million people have recovered.

India reported 48,661 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total so far to 13,85,522, government data shows. The number of death have risen to 32,063, with 705 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 8,85,577 have recovered and the recovery rate is 63.91 per cent.The number of coronavirus cases have doubled in nearly three weeks since July 2, when the country crossed the six lakh-mark. The country’s Covid tally touched the 10 lakh-mark last Friday. Since then, around three lakh new infections have been reported.This is the fourth consecutive day when COVID-19 cases increased by more than 45,000.

China has reported 46 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily tally in more than a month, as it took steps to stem recent outbreaks that have infected more than 160 people at opposite ends of the country.

Authorities confirmed 22 cases in Urumqi, a city in the Xinjiang region in the country’s far west, the official Xinhua News Agency said. That raised the total in the local outbreak to 137 since the first case was detected 10 days ago.

Another 13 cases were confirmed in Liaoning province in the northeast, bringing the total there to 25, almost all in the city of Dalian. China has recorded 83,830 cases and 4,634 deaths since the pandemic began.

US records 68,212 new Covid-19 cases, 1,067 more deaths.

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