India hurtled towards the 3 million mark for coronavirus cases on Friday, reporting 68,898 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed.
The total number of cases in the country now stands at 2.9 million.
Spike of 68,898 cases and 983 deaths reported in India, in the last 24 hours.— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2020
The #COVID19 tally in the country rises to 29,05,824 including 6,92,028 active cases, 21,58,947 cured/discharged/migrated & 54,849 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/nQiUNmqzXD
Deaths in the same period jumped by 983, with the total now at 54,849. India is the worst-hit country in Asia, and third behind the United States and Brazil in terms of total cases of the coronavirus.
(With inputs from Reuters)