New Delhi, September 16 (newsin.asia) – India surpassed the 5 million mark in coronavirus cases Wednesday as the country continues to battle the spread of the disease.
India is only the second country in the world to cross the grim milestone of 5 million cumulative cases, after the United States.
The Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.36% of its nearly 1.4 billion population. It said 1,290 more people died in the past 24 hours, which brings the total number of deaths to 82,066.
India reported a record daily high of 97,570 cases on Sept. 11 and has added more than 1 million cases this month alone.
Most of India’s deaths are concentrated in its large cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune. But smaller urban centres in Maharashtra like Nagpur or Jalgaon have also reported more than 1,000 deaths.
According to the Health Ministry, 155 health workers, including 46 doctors, have died so far due to COVID-19.