India takes over Brazil as the country with the second-highest number of cases

A woman reacts as a medical worker takes a swab from her to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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India’s coronavirus infections reached the 4.2 million mark on Monday and now overtook Brazil with the second-highest number of cases. India, registered a daily record 90,802 cases on Monday, also has the fastest-growing case load. The United States, with more than 6 million cases, remains the worst-affected country.

India posted more than 1,000 deaths for each of the last five days. On Monday, India’s health ministry said 1,016 people died of COVID-19, taking total deaths to 71,642. 

Russia, the fourth largest number of cases in the world, reported 5,185 new coronavirus cases on Monday with the national amount of cases now is 1,030,690.

In Germany there were an increase of 814 with the total number of cases is 250,799.

Concern has been raised by the United Nations, as more than 200 U.N. staff members have been infected by COVID-19 in Syria. This led the United Nations to step up its contingency plans to combat the fast spread of the pandemic in the country, medical workers and U.N. officials said.

U.N. Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Imran Riza, last Tuesday told U.N. heads of agencies in a letter to distribute to staff that the U.N. was in the final stages of securing a medical facility for treatment of cases.  “More than two hundred cases have been reported among U.N staff members, some of whom have been hospitalized and three who were medically evacuated,” the top U.N. official in Syria said in the letter, which was leaked to Reuters from an infected local staff member.

The United Nations has expressed concern about the spread of the coronavirus in a country where the health infrastructure has been shattered by war and medical supplies are limited.