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India passes 1 million virus cases as global crisis worsens

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India on Friday became the third country in the world to record one million coronavirus cases, following Brazil and the United States where infections also…
India on Friday became the third country in the world to record one million coronavirus cases, following Brazil and the United States where infections also continued to surge.
The virus has killed more than 588,000 people and infected nearly 14 million around the world since first being detected in China late last year.
But, despite extraordinary restrictions on people travelling that have crippled the global economy, the pandemic is worsening in many parts of the world.
India’s surpassing of one million infections came a day after confirmed cases in Brazil topped two million.
The United States also on Thursday posted yet another record daily spike in infections, as the virus deepened political divides with Western nations accusing Russia of trying to steal vaccine research.
COVID-19: World toll
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The hacking accusation came as European leaders prepared to hold a face-to-face summit on Friday in an attempt to hammer out a post-virus economic rescue plan.
With more than 600 people dying daily in India, lockdowns have been reimposed on millions of people across the world’s second-most-populous nation.
India’s main hotspots had previously been the megacities of Mumbai and New Delhi, but smaller cities and rural areas — where 70 percent of Indians live — have recently begun to raise the alarm.
Relatives of Ecuadoran Gardenia Rivadeneira, who died from COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, mourn after receiving her freshly identified remains in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on July 16,2020
JOSE SÁNCHEZ LINDAO, AFP
The coastal tourist region of Goa on Thursday evening became the latest Indian state to go under lockdown, imposing a three-day shutdown and a nightime curfew until August 10.

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