India drops to No. 2 in daily cases as US surges again

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(This story was first published in Times of India on October 18, 2020)

New Delhi: After recording the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in the world for more than two months, India may finally be passing on the baton back to the US.

For two days running, Thursday and Friday, the US reported more daily cases than India, which had been logging the highest single-day counts in the world since August 6.

The US recorded 66,131 and 71,687 fresh infections on these two days, as per worldometers.info, while the daily count in India on these days was 64,237 and 62,587. The numbers vary slightly in EU’s ECDC database, but it too shows more fresh cases in the US since Thursday.

It was after 71 days that the US again posted the highest daily tally in the world on Thursday. During these 71 days, India held the top position. In cumulative caseload, the US continues to lead the world with more than 8.3 million cases so far. India holds the second spot with nearly 7.5 million cases.

India drops to No. 2 in daily cases as US surges again

India drops to No. 2 in daily cases as US surges again

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