New Delhi: India has crossed the seven lakh-mark in novel coronavirus cases, with the 3,827 new cases reported by Monday evening taking the total number of cases in the country to 7,01,240.
Of these, over 2.5 lakh are active cases and 19,693 are deaths linked to the virus. The number of people to have successfully recovered from the infectious COVID-19 virus is around 4.24 lakh.
It has taken just four days for India to record one lakh new COVID-19 cases, with more than 20,000 new cases reported every day since July 3 and over 24,000 detected in each of the past two.
The country crossed the six lakh-mark in COVID-19 cases on July 2.
By comparison, it took 110 days to record the first one lakh cases. The country crossed the two lakh-mark on June 3, three lakh-mark in the next 10 days and had logged four lakh cases by June 21.
India’s first case was reported by Kerala in January – a student returning from China’s Wuhan, the original epicentre of a pandemic that has infected over 1.14 crore people worldwide.
On Sunday India also edged past Russia to become the third worst-affected nation.
At this point, only the United States and Brazil have reported more COVID-19 cases than India; the US has nearly 29 lakh cases while Brazil has a little over 16 lakh.
Within India, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with more than two lakh cases. Tamil Nadu is second with 1.11 lakh and national capital Delhi – also the worst-affected metro city – is third with more than 99,000 COVID-19 cases.