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India overtakes Russia and becomes the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world

India overtakes Russia and becomes country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections

  • The Indian Ministry of Health said that 697,358 cases have now been registered
  • The figure marks an increase of 24,000 new cases in the past 24 hours
  • India is now the third most affected country in the world, after the US and Brazil

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections.

The Ministry of Health said that 697,358 cases are now registered, up from 24,000 in the last 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases.

India has registered 19,693 deaths from the virus, a much lower number than in many other severely affected countries.

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections.  Above, volunteers are handing out free food during the Guwahati pandemic on July 5

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections.  Above, volunteers are handing out free food during the Guwahati pandemic on July 5

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections. Above, volunteers are handing out free food during the Guwahati pandemic on July 5

Nearly 20,000 have been killed in India since the first case was discovered there in January.

India is now the third most affected country in the world, after only the United States and Brazil.

It has seen eight times the number of cases as China, which has a similar population and where the virus originated late last year.

India's Ministry of Health said 697,358 cases have now been registered, up from 24,000 in the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases

India's Ministry of Health said 697,358 cases have now been registered, up from 24,000 in the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases

India’s Ministry of Health said 697,358 cases have now been registered, up from 24,000 in the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases

Workers clean an artificial water channel at the 16th-century Mughal monument Humayun's Tomb, after it was reopened to visitors closed since mid-March as part of measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus in New Delhi on July 6

Workers clean an artificial water channel at the 16th-century Mughal monument Humayun's Tomb, after it was reopened to visitors closed since mid-March as part of measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus in New Delhi on July 6

Workers clean an artificial water channel at the 16th-century Mughal monument Humayun’s Tomb, after it was reopened to visitors closed since mid-March as part of measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus in New Delhi on July 6

Officials said they had reopened a decision on Monday to reopen the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous tourist attraction, in the city of Agra, 125 miles southeast of New Delhi, following a wave of new cases in the area.

After more than three months on Monday, the Indian Ministry of Culture had decided to reopen all monuments across the country with a limit on the number of visitors and the mandatory wearing of face masks.

After a strict nationwide closure, India has eased restrictions in most of the country, except in the highest risk areas.

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, has imposed a new closure from Monday with closed public transport and only pharmacies that are allowed to open.  Above is a banner showing masks for sale in Kochi, Kerala state

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, has imposed a new closure from Monday with closed public transport and only pharmacies that are allowed to open.  Above is a banner showing masks for sale in Kochi, Kerala state

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, has imposed a new closure from Monday with closed public transport and only pharmacies that are allowed to open. Above is a banner showing masks for sale in Kochi, Kerala state

The major cities of the country have been hit hardest by the pandemic. New Delhi and Mumbai each have about 100,000 cases, with 3,000 killed in the capital and nearly 5,000 in Mumbai.

New Delhi has opened a new 10,000-bed temporary hospital, while other cities are tightening movement restrictions to avoid a new wave of cases.

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, has imposed a new closure from Monday with closed public transport and only pharmacies that are allowed to open.

The repression came after hundreds of new cases were reported across the state, praised for their action to curtail the pandemic.

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