India on Sunday reported a record-breaking 3,49,691 new cases in a day, taking the total number of infections to 1,69,60,172 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. This is the highest ever single-day rise in cases reported by any country so far, and the fourth consecutive day when the country has set such a grim global record. For the first time, 2,767 deaths were registered. The toll is now 1,92,311, while there are 26,82,751 active cases.
Meanwhile, at least 23 people died after a fire broke out inside a coronavirus intensive care unit of a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. The explosion was caused by “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders”, according to reports.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 14.6 crore people and killed over 30.96 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 8.41 crore people have recovered from the infection.