India has reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections and 487 new deaths, SIA reports.

The new infections announced by the health ministry bring the nationwide total to 767,296, the third most reported by any country.

The surge in infections comes as the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai says its calculated transmission rate for the virus rose during the first week of July to 1.19 after steadily falling from a peak of 1.83 in March. A transmission rate is the number of new infections estimated to stem from a single case.

The United States, Brazil and India, the three nations worst-affect by the virus, are accounting for more than 60 percent of new cases, according to recent tallies from Johns Hopkins University.

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