COVID-19 cases rise to 5,487,580 in India, death toll reaches 87,882
Published: Sep 21, 2020 01:38 PM

An Indian health worker collects a swab sample from a resident for the coronavirus test in a temple in Mumbai on Tuesday. The country has recorded close to 5 million infections, second only to the US. Photo: AFP

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India Monday morning rose to 5,487,580, India's federal health ministry said.

During the past 24 hours, 86,961 new cases were reported from across the country and 1,130 more deaths were also recorded.

"The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across India is 5,487,580 and death toll is 87,882," reads the information released by the ministry.

According to ministry officials, 4,396,399 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

"The number of active cases in the country right now is 1,003,299," the information released by the ministry further reads.

Meanwhile, 64,392,594 samples were tested so far across the country, out of which 731,534 tests were conducted on Sunday alone, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said Monday.

Globally India is the second worst-hit country after the United States due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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