India’s total number of coronavirus cases surged past 1.5 million on Wednesday, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
India hit a million cases of coronavirus on July 17, six months after its first infection was discovered on January 30. Since then, it took just 12 days to record another half a million cases.
As of Wednesday, India has reported a total of 1,531,669 cases — the third highest in the world, after the United States and Brazil. The total includes 34,193 deaths.
The country had conducted 17,743,740 coronavirus tests as of July 28. It currently has 509,447 active Covid-19 cases.
Recovered patients: Some 988,029 people have recovered from the virus, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In India, patients with mild and moderate symptoms are considered no longer active after 10 days of symptom onset if they meet certain conditions. A test to confirm that they no longer have the virus is not required. Severe cases can only be discharged after one negative coronavirus test.