A health worker collects a sample for COVID-19 testing from a police officer in New Delhi, India on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo by Partha Sarkar/Xinhua)
India reported 52,972 new COVID-19 cases and 771 new deaths, bringing the total cases to 1,803,695 and the death toll to 38,135.
NEW DELHI, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- India's health ministry announced on Monday that the country's COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1.8 million, reaching 1,803,695.
As many as 52,972 fresh cases were added to the tally in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the ministry.
Meanwhile, 771 deaths took place during the past 24 hours taking the total deaths to 38,135.
A total of 1,186,203 people have been cured and discharged across the country so far, while 579,357 active cases are being treated in hospitals.
India is focusing on ramping up testing of samples. A total of 20,202,858 samples have been tested till Sunday, with 381,027 samples tested on Sunday alone.
Monday was the fifth consecutive day when more than 50,000 fresh cases were found in the country. They included Home Minister Amit Shah, Governor of the southern state Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister of southern state Karnataka B.S. Yediyurappa, president of Uttar Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Swatantra Dev Singh.
On Sunday, a female minister in northern state of Uttar Pradesh died of COVID-19. She was the first serving minister and fourth lawmaker across all states to die of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, as the country is witnessing a single-day spike of over 50,000 cases over the past five days, the situation has improved in the capital state of Delhi. Once the second most-affected state after Maharashtra, it now stands at eighth position in terms of single day spike in cases.■