India has been recording over 50,000 cases daily since July 28. On Wednesday, the country saw single-day spike of 56,282, thereby taking the total number of cases to 19,64,537. Death toll has surged past the 40,000 mark. Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (4,68,265), Tamil Nadu (273,000), Andhra Pradesh (1,76,333), Karnataka (150,000) and Delhi (140,232). Meanwhile, recoveries have mounted to 12,82,215, according to the Union health ministry data.
Coronavirus world update: Worldometer recorded 262,560 new cases worldwide in the past 24 hours. As many as 18,956,633 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 12,141,853 have recovered, 710,048 have died so far.
Testing for coronavirus is dropping in the US even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait for hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results.