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A woman ties a Rakhi, traditional Indian sacred thread, on the wrist of a municipal worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to celebrate the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandha, during which a sister ties one or more of the sacred threads onto her brother's wrist to ask him for her protection in Kolkata, India, August 3, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 1.8 million on Monday, just a day after it went past 1.7 million, with 52,972 cases reported in a day. The number of recoveries surged to over 1.18 million, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The number of COVID-19 tests carried out in India has also crossed the 20 million mark, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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The total coronavirus cases surged to 1,803,695, while the death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 38,135 with 771 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8am showed.

There are 579,357 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country at present while the recoveries have increased to 1,186,203.

As many as 40,574 people have recovered from COVID-19 in a day, according to the data.

The COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 65.77 per cent, while the fatality rate is at 2.11 per cent, the data stated.

The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.

This is the fifth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000 in the country.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 20.2 million samples have been tested up to August 2 with 381,027 samples being tested on Sunday.

Of the 771 fresh deaths reported, 260 are from Maharashtra, 98 from Tamil Nadu, 84 from Karnataka, 67 from Andhra Pradesh, 53 from Uttar Pradesh, 49 from West Bengal, 22 from Gujarat, 20 from Bihar, 18 from Punjab, 15 from Delhi, 13 from Rajasthan, 10 each from Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, and eight from Jammu and Kashmir.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.