After recording a spike of nearly 35,000 COVID-19 cases on Friday, India became the third country worldwide to reach the milestone of one million, after the US and Brazil,the only three countries so far to record more than a million coronavirus cases.There have now been 25,602 deaths, the eighth-highest global count.
A lakh is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to 100,000.Despite India's population of about 1.3billion, experts are concerned about the increase infection rate, especially in local areas.
India's active cases account for about a third of its total tally as it has been reporting a high recovery rate and a low death rate from the virus.
But deaths have been rising. At 25,602, they are eighth-highest in the world.
A look at coronavirus hotspot,The western state of Maharashtra continues to be the biggest hotspot with the highest case tally - more than 280,000 among all the states in the country.
But new hotspots are emerging as states in the south - Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh - and in the east - Bihar, West Bengal - record a rapid rise in daily case numbers.
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