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COVID-19: Worldwide cases surpass 22 million, India reports 1099 fatalities on Tuesday

The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world now exceeds 22 million, and more than 779,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 14 million people have recovered from the disease.

India reported its highest single-day death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting 1,099 fatalities on Tuesday. This was the third time that the daily deaths had crossed 1,000. The previous highest toll was 1,008 recorded on August 13.

On Tuesday, the total Covid-19 caseload was recorded at over 27.6 lakh in India, as per data collated from state governments. The count was a steep rise from 53,230 fresh infections detected on Monday. Evidently, behind the big difference in the numbers of cases within a span of a single day was the rise in testing. The number of tests conducted on Sunday had dropped to 7.3 lakh, which appears to account for the dip in cases the next day.

Australia has signed a deal to secure supplies of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca should it pass clincal trials. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also said the vaccine should be compulsory for Australia’s 25 million people.

South Korea has reported the highest daily number of coronavirus cases since March with many of those diagnosed with the disease linked to churches in the capital.

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