India’s tally of coronavirus infections hits 7.8 mln, with 54,366 new cases

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India’s coronavirus infections reached a total of 7.76 million, with 54,366 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Friday.

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The world’s second-most populous country also has the world’s second-highest caseload, behind the United States, which has 8.3 million infections so far.

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Deaths in India have been relatively low, with 117,306 mortalities from the coronavirus, out of which 690 were reported in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.

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More than 41.5 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,133,635 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.