India: COVID-19 tally surpasses 3.7M mark


India on Wednesday recorded a new single-day record of 78,357 novel coronavirus cases and 1,045 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Data from the Health Ministry showed that the fresh cases took the national total past the 3.7 million mark, including 66,333 deaths.

A total of 2.9 million COVID-19 patients have recovered, raising the recovery rate to 76.98%. Active cases now number 801,282.

The country of over 1.3 billion population announced on Tuesday that more than a million tests had been administered in a single day, with total tests at 43.3 million and 12.3 million conducted in the last two weeks alone.

Some 54% of infections were of patients between 18 and 44 years of age, while patients 60 years or older accounting for 51% of deaths.

Tests per million of the population have also surged to 31,394 as the cases continue to rise.

"The states contributing maximum to the overall number of tests include Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra among others. These three states account for nearly 34% of total testing," according to a ministry statement.

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