India will cross 10 lakh-mark of COVID-19 cases this week: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader's comment comes after India crossed the 9-lakh mark in COVID-19 infections

Rahul Gandhi
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (July 14) said the total number of coronavirus cases in the country will cross the 10 lakh-mark this week.

“This week, the figure of 10,00,000 will be crossed in our country,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Gandhi also 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.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief 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 from spiralling outbreaks meant there would be no return to normal for the foreseeable future.

With 28,498 fresh cases recorded in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally sprinted past nine lakh on Tuesday, just three days after it crossed the eight lakh-mark, according to the Union health ministry data.

Related news: India’s COVID-19 infections at 9 lakh; 23,727 fatalities so far

The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 9,06,752 and the death toll mounted to 23,727 with 553 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am on Tuesday showed.

Gandhi had on Monday questioned the Centre’s claims on battling COVID-19, asking if India was at a “good position” in the battle against the virus.

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