India has passed Russia as the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world after recording a record number of cases for one day.
The health ministry added 23,000 new cases on Monday, taking India’s total to 6,97,000 and almost 20,000 deaths.
The increases took India past Russia as the third highest total in the world behind Brazil with 1.6m cases and the United States with 2.88m.
With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 4,24,432 in the country, while one patient has migrated. There are 2,53,287 active coronavirus cases in the country, the data showed.
“Thus, 60.85 per cent of the patients have recovered so far,” the ministry said.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners who tested positive in India.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 99,69,662 samples were tested for the disease in the country till July 5, with 1,80,596 just on Sunday.
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