India surpasses China’s death toll, now ‘9th worst-hit Covid-19 country’ in the world

India now has the world’s ninth worst case count for Covid-19 (coronavirus disease) as the number of those infected in the country rose to 1,65,799 and its death toll crossed China’s official count, reported Hindustan Times.

According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 Resource Centre, 3,60,412 deaths have been reported across the globe so far with United States being worst hit with more than 1 lakh fatalities followed by the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain.

India surpassed China with as many as 4,706 deaths, compared to 4,638, the JHU data showed.

Of the total 4,706 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,897 deaths followed by Gujarat with 938 deaths, Madhya Pradesh with 313, Delhi with 303, West Bengal with 289, Uttar Pradesh with 182, Rajasthan with 173, Tamil Nadu with 133 deaths.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported 27 fatalities due to the disease with a total of 2036 cases reported so far.

India on Friday reported 7,467 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in the highest single-day surge and 175 deaths, according to the Union health ministry of India.

This is the first time India has reported more than 7,000 cases in a single day and the surge in the Covid-19 numbers comes just days ahead of the fourth phase of the lockdown is scheduled to end on May 31.

At least 213 countries and territories across the globe have reported more than 5.8 million cases of Covid-19, which originated from China’s Wuhan.


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