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WHO: India has added 500000 Covid-19 cases to the global tally over the past week

India has reported almost 500000 new Covid-19 infections over the past week causing the global tally to increase by 1%.

A man along with his daughter visits a temple reopened as the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on September 1, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that India has reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections globally over the past week, registering record-high spikes that have never been witnessed in any other country since the pandemic started, and pushing the global caseload up by 1%.

The country of 1.3 billion people reported nearly 500,000 fresh cases over the past week.

"South-East Asia has reported the largest week-on-week increase, largely due to increased case detections in India," the WHO said.

"India has reported nearly 500,000 new cases in the past seven days, a nine percent increase compared to the previous seven days and the highest number of new cases globally."

India has reported more than 75,000 new Covid-19 cases for five days in a row. The country registered a global record single-day spike in cases last Wednesday with 85,687 new infections. 

The organization also revealed that the global fatality rate has dropped by 3% over the past week, while 1.8 million new infections have been reported around the world.

Despite the unprecedented surge in new cases, India is entering a new phase of easing more restrictions from 1 September as per "Unlock 4".

As of Tuesday, India has registered 3.69 million cases, out of which 2.84 million recoveries were reported along with 65,288 deaths.


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