India Covid-19 cases passes 5 million

India’s total coronavirus cases passed 5 million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed,

With its latest million cases recorded in just 11 days, India now has 5.02 million infections. Only the United States has more, with 6.59 million.

India has for some time been recording the world’s biggest daily rises in cases, and on Wednesday, the rise was just over 90,000 with a record 1,290 deaths.

According to the Times of India, the country took 167 days to reach one million cases, but the next million came in just 21 days, faster than the US and Brazil. Just 29 days later, India posted 4 million infections, becoming only the third country to reach that mark.

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