Earth Hits a Grim COVID Milestone

India hits a record 78,761 new cases in a single day
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2020 9:12 AM CDT
Earth Hits a Grim COVID Milestone
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a child to test for COVID-19 during a door to door test drive in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

More than 25 million inhabitants of planet Earth have now contracted COVID-19, according to data out of John Hopkins University on Sunday. That eye-popping number was put over the top partly by a record-breaking number of cases out of India, which saw 78,761 cases in the previous 24 hours even amid pressure to reopen its devastated economy. NBC News notes that that's the highest single-day number reported since the coronavirus outbreak; the previous record was the United States with 77,299 reported on July 16. India has the third-highest number of cases in the world, lagging behind Brazil and the United States. Some 840,000 lives around the globe have now been lost. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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