New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India on Tuesday crossed an undesirable and alarming mark of 2,00,000 COVID-19 cases, with a record 8,909 infection recorded in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, 217 fatalities in last one day took the country’s death toll to 5,815.

The country had crossed the 1-lakh mark on May 19 - 111 days after it reported the first confirmed case of coronavirus on January 30 when a medical student from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, tested positive in Thrissur.

However, the next 1 lakh cases have been reported in just 15 days as the government rammed up testing across the country and more people confirming for infection from the deadly virus in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and other states.

With 2,07,615 positive cases, India is now the seventh worst hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy, according to the WHO's coronavirus tracker.

Globally, close to 65 lakh people have tested positive for the dreaded virus infection ever since it was first reported in China last December, while more than 3.8 lakh have lost their lives. However, close to 27 lakh have recovered worldwide since then and many countries have exited or begun exiting their respective lockdowns to revive stalled economies and safeguard the livelihood of the people.

The health ministry on Monday said India's COVID-19 recovery rate has been improving and the rate of fatality has seen a steady decline to reach 2.83 per cent. It said the recovery rate has improved from 11.42 per cent on April 15 to 26.59 per cent on May 3 and to 38.29 per cent on May 18.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta