India registers record single day spike of 50K COVID cases, tally nears 13 lakhs

The Asian Age.  | Vineeta Pandey

India, All India

The good part is that the recovery of patients too is in high numbers and till Friday morning the number of cured patients crossed 8 lakhs

A medic collects a swab sample from a young woman for COVID-19 test, during Unlock 2.0, in Kullu district, Friday. PTI photo

India on Friday reported close to 50,000 coronavirus cases in one day, the highest so far, as overall cases moved closer to 13 lakhs. Till Friday, 12,87,954 Covid-19 cases were detected in India while the death toll rose to 30,601, with 740 fatalities in the past 24 hours.

The good part is that the recovery of patients too is in high numbers and till Friday morning the number of cured patients crossed eight lakhs, of which 34,602 Covid-19 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. This is the third consecutive day such high recovery numbers were seen.

Several states are seeing a steep rise in infections. Assam, Bihar, Kerala and Odisha, apart from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, have very high detections. Health ministry officials said Central teams have been sent to several states and UTs to bolster their efforts in high caseload areas.

The government is also examining cases where a relapse of Covid-19 took place among fully cured patients and those with other health issues like heart and respiratory problems after being fully cured.

In West Bengal, as part of containment measures, the state government imposed a total shutdown on July 25 and July 29, when even flights will not operate.

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