India recorded a new single-day highest spike in COVID-19 with 86,432 new cases pushing the country’s total tally past the 40-lakh mark. The country now has 40,23,179 cases, while 1,089 new deaths took the fatality to 69,561.
India will soon overtake Brazil as the nation with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases within days. Brazil has so far reported a total of 40,91,801 COVID-19 cases. India is now the third country after the US and Brazil to record 40 lakh cases.
Globally the number of COVID-19 cases have touched 2.57 crore while over 8.56 lakh people have died due to the disease.
It took just 13 days for India to go from 30 lakh to 40 lakh cases. It took 110 days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while it had taken 59 days to go past the 10-lakh figure.
The COVID-19 case fatality for the country stands at 1.73% while the number of active cases is 8,46,395, which is 21.04% of the total caseload, the data stated.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours and accounted for 62% of the active cases.
15 districts in the country have recorded a rise in cases and fatality rate. Maharashtra reported 19,218 new cases on Friday taking the total in the state to 8,63,062.
Delhi saw 2,914 new cases taking the total to over 1.85 lakh cases. It has 4,513 fatalities due to the disease.
Assam too has over 1.19 lakh positive cases and over 300 deaths. The health ministry said 0.5% of COVID-19 patients are on ventilators, 2% of patients are in ICUs and less than 3.5% are on oxygen support.
ICMR allows testing on demand for travellers
The ICMR on Saturday as part of its new advisory said all people living in containment zones should be tested using rapid antigen testing (RAT) kits.
It has also recommended testing on demand for all individuals undertaking travel to other countries or Indian states mandating a negative COVID-19 test at the point of entry. The ICMR, however, said the states can use their discretion to modify the approach to testing for such individuals.
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