Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 cases top 2.3 million

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India’s coronavirus caseload has topped 2.3 million after adding 60,963 in the last 24 hours.

India also reported 834 deaths on Wednesday for a total of 46,091. India has the third-highest caseload after the US and Brazil, but only the fifth-highest death toll, and authorities say the fatality rate has dropped below 2 percent for the first time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference Tuesday with the top elected officials of 10 states that together account for about 80 percent of India’s total cases, urging them to rigorously apply the strategies of containment, surveillance and contact tracing to drive the fatality rate below 1 percent.

Modi also urged testing to be ramped up in several states as it has been in the capital region of Delhi.

India's Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks during a rally for the upcoming Delhi state elections in New Delhi. (AFP)
India's Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks during a rally for the upcoming Delhi state elections in New Delhi. (AFP)

The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said that more than 733,000 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, but didn’t break down how many underwent the gold standard RT-PCR test compared to the antigen test, a cheaper and more efficient though less accurate blood test that looks for antibodies.

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