India on Saturday went past Spain, becoming the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, the total number of confirmed cases in India stands at 243,733 as opposed to Spain’s figures of 240,978.
India surpassed Italy after it registered a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases which pushed the nationwide tally to 2,36,657.. India has registered over 9,000 cases for the third day in a row.
The number of states with four-digit or bigger tallies has doubled since May 1 when the centre allowed the movement of migrant workers in special trains from big urban clusters to their villages. Some of these states have seen their tallies rising more than 10-fold.
In its latest update on Friday morning, the Health Ministry said the number of confirmed cases has risen to 2,26,770 and the number of deaths has grown to 6,348. Figures from America’s Johns Hopkins University around midnight showed India at 2,35,769 and Italy at 2,34,531. With 6,641 deaths, India is now ranked the 12th worst-hit country.
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