India coronavirus cases surge past one million to third highest in world

India now has more than one million coronavirus cases – the third highest infection rate in the world behind the United States and Brazil.

The country’s health officials provided an update on the latest COVID-19 data on Friday, as infections spread into towns and the countryside.

It comes after India lifted its lockdown of 1.3bn residents last month.

The country has reported 25,602 virus deaths, according to its health ministry, which is the eighth highest death toll in the world.

Only the US and Brazil have more cases, with America reporting more than 3.5 million and Brazil recently surpassing two million.

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