India’s COVID-19 fatalities rose by a record 3,780 over the last 24 hours, a day after the country became the world’s second, after the United States, to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections.
Daily infections increased by 382,315 on Wednesday, health ministry data revealed.
India halted its hugely popular cricket league on Tuesday as coronavirus cases rose past 20 million in the world’s second-most populous country and the opposition leader said a nationwide lockdown was now the only way out.
Cricket officials suspended the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) as the pandemic spirals out of control, with the country adding 10 million infections in just over 4 months, after taking more than 10 months to reach the first 10 million.
“While we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the IPL said.