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India reports 933 deaths from virus and almost 2.1 mlns of cases


A child watches as health workers search for coronavirus symptoms among residents of an apartment building in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai, India, on August 7, 2020.

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India recorded 933 new deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in the last 24 hours, and new cases increased by 61,537, to approach 2.1 million. The Health Ministry said on Saturday that the national total of deaths was 42,518, of which more than 20,000 occurred in the last 30 days.

Since mid-June, the country reports a daily average of 50,000 new infections. The ministry has asked the authorities to test food store workers and street vendors for the virus, noting that if they suffer from it and are unaware of it, they can infect large numbers of people.

India is the third country in the world by number of infections, behind the United States and Brazil, and the fifth in deaths, with a mortality rate of around 2%, much lower than that of the most affected nations. Despite this, the disease continues to spread throughout the country.

For its part, China confirmed 31 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, mostly in the western region of Xinjiang, where there is a focus with around 750 infected. The National Health Commission said on Saturday that 25 of the new cases were in Xinjiang and another six were people who returned to mainland China from abroad.

The state of Victoria, in Australia, reported 466 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, including a 30-year-old man. The figures were released as the city of Melbourne remains isolated and under a night curfew.

The prime minister of the region, Daniel Andrews, explained that six of the deaths were related to outbreaks in nursing homes.