With the highest single-day spike of 61,537 cases, India's COVID-19 count rose to 20,88,612 on Saturday, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The total cases include 6,19,088 active cases and 14,27,006 cured/discharged/migrated, according to the Ministry of Health. The death-toll climbed to 42,518 with 933 people succumbing to the infection in 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative 2,33,87,171 samples have been tested for coronavirus infection up to August 7 with 5,98,778 being tested on Friday.
With India crossing 20-lakh mark on Friday, the country is emerging as the biggest COVID-19 hotspot in the world in the world in August. According to a report by Times Of India, India has so far recorded the most number of fresh cases this month.Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Health Secretary asks Maha govt to reduce mortality rate
Meanwhile, overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 19.2 million, while the deaths have increased to over 719,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,295,350 and the fatalities rose to 719,805, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,940,939 and 161,328, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in the second place with 2,962,442 infections and 99,572 deaths.
In terms of cases, India ranks third (20,88,612), and is followed by Russia (875,378), South Africa (545,476), Mexico (469,407), Peru (455,409), Chile (368,825), Colombia (357,710), Iran (322,567), Spain (314,362), the UK (310,667), Saudi Arabia (285,793), Pakistan (282,645), Bangladesh (252,502), Italy (249,756), Turkey (238,450), Argentina (235,677), France (235,207), Germany (216,196), Iraq (144,064), Philippines (122,754), Indonesia (121,226), Canada (120,901) and Qatar (112,383), the CSSE figures showed.
(Inputs from Agencies)
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