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India Becomes Third Country to Cross 1 Million Covid Cases

  • South Asian nation adds 34,956 coronavirus cases on Friday
  • Virus curve didn’t flatten despite a lockdown in end of March
Residents queue up to get tested for the Covid-19 in Mumbai on July 16.
Residents queue up to get tested for the Covid-19 in Mumbai on July 16.Photographer: Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images
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India saw its coronavirus cases exceed 1 million, becoming the third country to cross that mark, as the novel pathogen continues to spread rapidly in the world’s second most-populous nation.

The south Asian country added 34,956 cases Friday taking the total tally to 1,003,832, according to data shared by India’s health ministry. It’s only trailing the U.S. and Brazil now, which have 3.6 million and 2 million infections respectively, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University show.