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India is the third largest country with almost 700,000 coronavirus cases



A healthcare worker wearing protective gear transfers a resident̵

7;s blood sample to a vial during a control campaign to fight the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, on July 6, 2020. REUTERS / Amit Dave

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has overtaken Russia with the world’s third highest number of novel coronavirus cases, nearly 700,000 according to the latest data, as the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down.

Ministry of Health data on Monday showed that more than 23,000 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, a slight decrease from Sunday’s record-breaking nearly 25,000.

There have been nearly 20,000 deaths in India since the first case was discovered there in January.

India is the third worst country in the world today, only behind the United States and Brazil.

It has eight times as many cases as China with a similarly large population and the virus’s origin at the end of last year.

Officials said on Monday they reversed the decision to reopen Taj Mahal, India’s most famous tourist attraction, in the city of Agra, 200 km southeast of New Delhi, after a flood of new cases in the region.

Reporting by Alasdair Pal; Edited by Robert Birsel

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