India overtakes Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world

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India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections.

The Health Ministry said that 697,358 cases have now been registered, an increase of 24,000 over the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases.

India has registered 19,693 deaths from the virus, a figure much lower than that of many other seriously affected countries.

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections.  Above, volunteers distribute free food during the pandemic in Guwahati on July 5

India has overtaken Russia to become the country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 700,000 infections. Above, volunteers distribute free food during the pandemic in Guwahati on July 5

There have been almost 20,000 deaths in India since the first case was detected there in January.

India is now the third most affected country in the world, behind only the United States and Brazil.

He has seen eight times more cases than China, which has a population of similar size and caused the virus at the end of last year.

The Indian Ministry of Health said that 697,358 cases have now been registered, an increase of 24,000 over the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases.

The Indian Ministry of Health said that 697,358 cases have now been registered, an increase of 24,000 over the past 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000 cases.

Workers clean an artificial water channel at the 16th-century Mughal monument, Humayun's Tomb, after it reopens for visitors, which has been closed since mid-March as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, in New Delhi in July.  6

Workers clean an artificial water channel at the 16th-century Mughal monument, Humayun’s Tomb, after it reopens for visitors, which has been closed since mid-March as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, in New Delhi in July. 6

Officials said they had canceled the decision to reopen Taj Mahal, India’s most famous tourist attraction, in the city of Agra, 200 km southeast of New Delhi, on Monday following a series of new cases in the region.

The Indian Ministry of Culture has decided to reopen all monuments across the country on Monday after more than three months with a cap on the number of visitors and mandatory masks.

After a strict nationwide lockdown, India eased restrictions in most of the country, except for high-risk areas.

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, imposed a new ban from Monday with public transport closed and only pharmacies were allowed to open.  Above, a banner displays masks for sale in Kochi, Kerala State

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, imposed a new ban from Monday with public transport closed and only pharmacies were allowed to open. Above, a banner displays masks for sale in Kochi, Kerala State

The major cities of the country were the most affected by the pandemic. New Delhi and Mumbai each have around 100,000 cases, with 3,000 dead in the capital and nearly 5,000 in Mumbai.

New Delhi has opened a new 10,000-bed temporary hospital for viruses, while other cities are tightening movement restrictions to prevent a new wave of cases.

The state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, imposed a new ban from Monday with public transport closed and only pharmacies were allowed to open.

The crackdown came after hundreds of new cases were reported across the state, which had been praised for its efforts to limit the pandemic.

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