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India logs highest single-day Covid infections of 62.5K

New Delhi: After recording over 50,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for eight days in a row, India on Friday registered above 60,000 cases in the last 24 hours for the first time taking the country's tally of Coronavirus over 20 lakh. With 62,538 new cases, tally mounted to 20,27,074 which includes 6,07,384 active cases of the virus.

However, with 49,769 patients recuperating from the disease in 24 hours, the number of recoveries have jumped to 13,78,105 on Friday, bringing the recovery rate to 67.98 per cent. The fatality rate has dropped further to 2.05 per cent as total fatalities increased to 41,585 including 886 new deaths in a single day.

The recovery rate has increased from 51.08 per cent on June 15 to 67.98 per cent on August 7, while active cases which comprised 46.06 per cent of the total COVID-19 caseload now account for 29.96 per cent, the health ministry said.

It said the average daily recovered cases (seven day moving average) have increased from around 26,000 cases to 44,000 cases in the last two weeks.

It took 110 days for COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh and 59 days more to cross the 10-lakh mark. Thereafter it took just 21 days more to go past 20 lakh.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tested a cumulative 2,27,88,393 samples for COVID-19 infection up to Thursday. The apex research institute has tested 6,39,042 samples in a single day at its 1,383 labs that includes 931 testing centres in the government system and 452 labs in the private sector.

Of the 886 new deaths, 316 are from Maharashtra, 110 from Tamil Nadu, 93 from Karnataka, 72 from Andhra Pradesh, 61 from Uttar Pradesh, 56 from West Bengal, 27 from Gujarat, 26 from Punjab, 17 in Madhya Pradesh, 15 from Delhi and 12 from Rajasthan and Telangana.

Of the total 41,585 deaths so far, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 16,792, followed by 4,571 in Tamil Nadu, 4,059 in Delhi, 2,897 in Karnataka, 2,583 in Gujarat, 1,918 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,902 in West Bengal, 1,753 in Andhra Pradesh and 946 in Madhya Pradesh.

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