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India's coronavirus tally crosses 7.7 million

FILE PHOTO: People are seen at a shopping mall amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas reuters_tickers
This content was published on October 22, 2020 - 05:46

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's coronavirus infections rose by 55,839, taking its tally to 7.71 million, health ministry data showed on Thursday.

Cases in India have dipped since a peak in September, but experts warn that infections could surge as the peak festival season approaches.

India has the world's second highest number of infections after the United States, which has a tally of 8.3 million.

Virus deaths in the south Asian nation rose by 702 in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 116,616, the ministry added.

(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps)

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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