India sees highest single-day spike of 19,906 COVID-19 cases

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus walks along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday

A record single-day surge of 19,906 Covid-19 cases pushed India's tally to 5,28,859 on Sunday, while the death toll rose to 16,095 with 410 persons succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 1,59,133 followed by Delhi at 80,188, Tamil Nadu at 78,335, Gujarat at 30,709, Uttar Pradesh at 21,549, Rajasthan at 16,944 and West Bengal at 16,711, according to the ministry data. 44,094 people have recovered, and 1,025 people have died due to the disease.

India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19.

410 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours and the cumulative toll reached 16,095 deaths.

"The graded, pre-emptive and pro-active steps taken by the Government of India along with the states and UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results", it said in a statement. With 1,400 new infections, Mumbai's tally has climbed to 74,252.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)", the ministry said, adding that 7,839 cases are being reassigned to states. 2,108 people have recovered, and there have been 23 deaths.

Amid rising number of cases, the Karnataka government has enforced full lockdown every Sunday from July 5. Of these, 2,03,051 are active cases and 16,095 are deaths linked to the infectious virus.

Arkansas on Saturday reported 570 more cases of the coronavirus and 10 more deaths. The state reported 195 new cases on June 27.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million and nearly half a million people have lost their lived due to the virus in seven months according to news agency Reuters.



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