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India's PM says the country's fight against Covid-19 has proven the world wrong

July 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

PATNA, INDIA - JULY 14: A medical personnel collects swab sample from a man to test for coronavirus infection, at Gardenal hospital on July 14, 2020 in Patna, India. (Photo by Parwaz Khan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that his country's response to the pandemic has defied global expectations.

(CNN)Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that his country's response to the pandemic has defied global expectations.

"The way Indians came together to fight against coronavirus in the last few months, we have proved the world wrong," Modi said Sunday, while delivering his monthly radio address to the nation.

India has the third-highest number of virus cases worldwide, with more than 1. 3 million recorded instances of Covid-19 and 32,060 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Modi claimed the coronavirus recovery rate was better in India than in other countries but warned that the threat of the disease remained.

India on Sunday recorded 48,661 new cases.

Research conducted by India's National Center for Disease Control suggests that nearly one in four residents in Delhi have contracted the virus.

On June 12, India's Supreme Court published a scathing report on the Delhi state government's handling of Covid-19 and its treatment of the dead.

The Indian government has since ramped up testing in the area and added hospital beds, including thousands in converted train coaches.

India's government placed the country under lockdown on March 25, when it only had 519 cases and 10 deaths.

When restrictions were partially eased on May 30, India had more than 180,000 cases -- and rising.

Among those who have contracted the disease is the chief minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who said on Saturday that he had tested positive for the virus.

"My dear countrymen, I was having Covid-19 symptoms and, after a test, my report came back positive.

Pratap reported from New Delhi.

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