Latest coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases cross 10 lakh in India; Rahul Gandhi warns of numbers doubling by August end

With India crossing 10 lakh-mark, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday warned that India would record twenty lakh coronavirus cases by the second week of August.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: "10,00,000 figures exceeded. If #COVID19 spreads at the same speed, more than 20,00,000 will be infected in the country by August 10." “The government must take concrete, planned steps to stop the epidemic,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi also attached his tweet from July 14 in which he had talked about the country’s COVID-19 tally crossing the 10 lakh-mark during that week. “This week the figure will cross 10,00,000 in our country,” he had tweeted.

India recorded the highest single-day spike of 34,956 COVID-19 cases and 687 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 10,03,832 cases with a death total of 34,956 cases the Health Ministry's data stated on Friday. According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,35,757 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,42,473.

Gandhi also had tagged a news report quoting the WHO chief who had said that if concrete steps were not taken, the coronavirus situation in the world would turn from bad to worse.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday slammed some government leaders for eroding public trust by sending mixed messages on coronavirus and warned that their failure to stop their countries spiralling outbreaks meant there would be no return to normal for the foreseeable future.


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