NEW DELHI, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 2-million mark on Friday, reaching 2,027,074, the federal health ministry said.
It took three weeks for the total COVID-19 tally to increase from 1 million to 2 million.
As many as 62,538 new cases were detected in the country in the past 24 hours. A total of 886 people died since Thursday, taking the death toll to 41,585, showed the ministry's data.
Out of the total 41,585 deaths so far, southern state of Maharashtra reported the maximum of 16,792, followed by 4571 in southern state Tamil Nadu and 4059 in Delhi, 2897 in Karnataka, 2583 in western state of Gujarat, besides others.
Of the 886 new deaths reported in past 24 hours, 316 are from southwestern state of Maharashtra, 110 from southern state Tamil Nadu, 93 from southern state Karnataka, 72 from southern state Andhra Pradesh, 61 from northern state Uttar Pradesh, 56 from eastern state West Bengal, besides others.
According to the data, 1,378,105 people have been successfully treated and discharged from hospitals. There are 607,384 active cases in various hospitals across the country.
Friday is the eighth consecutive day when over 50,000 new cases were registered in the country. The sudden surge is mainly attributed to the centre government's focus on ramping up the testing of samples.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)'s data, a total of 22,788,393 samples were tested till Aug. 6, out of which 639,042 samples were tested on Thursday alone.
Globally, India is the third worst-affected country in terms of the total COVID-19 cases and deaths, after the United States and Brazil.
At the rate India is growing right now, it seems poised to overtake Brazil in about a month's time, said a report published in English daily "The Indian Express."
However, the country's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the overall COVID-19 situation is improving in the country as the recovery rate is around 68 percent, which is said to be a new high, and the death rate has lowered to nearly 2 percent.
The federal health minister also said that the number of those recovered from the virus is more than double the active cases in the country.
A statement issued by the federal ministry said that ramped up hospital infrastructure and emphasis on efficient treatment of hospitalized patients through the standard of care incorporated in the Clinical Treatment Protocol (CTP) issued by the centre government, have effectively ensured improvement in the recovery rate.
On the other hand, senior leader of the main opposition party the Indian National Congress (INC) and parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi held the centre government responsible for the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. "Total COVID-19 cases have crossed 2 million, where is the Modi government," he tweeted.