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India has reported a surge in its active coronavirus cases and death toll as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday that a total of 28,336 fresh COVID cases and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The country has registered a rise of 2,034 active cases in a day. At present, India's active case count stands at 303,476, which is 0.90% of the total caseload.
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The new cases reported were slightly lesser than what was recorded on Saturday. However, 290 deaths were reported on Saturday. The total death count in the country stands at 446,918.
The total death count in the country stands at 446,918.
India's recovery rate from the ongoing pandemic currently stands at 97.77 per cent. As per the health bulletin, a total of 26,032 people have recovered from COVID in the last 24 hours, pushing the total recovery data to 32,902,351.
The testing capacity across the country continues to be increasing. The last 24 hours saw a total of 1,488,945 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 563,243,245 tests.
The weekly positive rate in India is less than 3 per cent for 93 days and currently stands at 1.98 per cent. The daily positivity rate is also less than 3 per cent from the last 27 days and presently stands at 1.90 per cent.
Under the mass vaccination drive, a total of 6,842,786 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
A record surge of 55,079 new cases in the past 24 hours took India’s coronavirus caseload past 1.6 million, as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that has been in force since late March.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
The latest health ministry data reports 314,835 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the world's largest one-day rise in case numbers, a grim reminder of the threat still posed by the virus. Deaths rose by a record 2,104.
The management of COVID-19 in India has lessons for the health infrastructure for the future not merely for India but also for other developing countries in Latin America and Africa. In just a day there have been 14,500 plus new cases and about 375 lives have been lost, which are the highest recorded hitherto, in India (“India reports record rise in coronavirus cases as major city locks down” June 20, Gulf Today).
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