The ministry of health and family welfare on Wednesday announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in India had reached 2,07,615 cases. The announcement came after a total of 8,909 cases were reported in a period of 24 hours until 8am on Wednesday. This is the single highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day till date.
The number of COVID-19 deaths reached 5,815 on Wednesday, with 217 people dying in the last 24-hour period.
The milestone of 2 lakh COVID-19 cases comes after a surge in number of infections over the past month as the country reopened inter-state and limited international transport routes. India reported its first coronavirus case on January 30, with the patient being a student from Wuhan. India reached the figure of 50,000 coronavirus cases on May 7. India reached the figure of 1 lakh coronavirus cases on May 19. Experts noted that India took 64 days to go from 100 COVID-19 cases to 1 lakh, which meant the disease's growth rate here was slower than many other countries. However, the rise from 1 lakh COVID-19 cases to the 2 lakh mark took just 15 days.
A silver lining for India is the fact that its fatality rate has remained low. Moreover, the ministry of health and family welfare said on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 recoveries had crossed the 1 lakh mark to reach 100,303.