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Coronavirus | India records highest single-day spike

A health worker collects swab sample for coronavirus test at a mobile testing van, in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

A record single day spike of 77,266 infections in a day, pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to 33,87,500, while the death-toll climbed to 61,529 with 1,057 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Friday showed.

India registered 75,760 infections the previous day.

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This is the highest single-day spike for any country in the world. According to Johns Hopkins University data, 77,255 new cases reported in the U.S. on July 17, 2020 was the previous high.

According to the University data India stands third in the number of cases after the U.S. and Brazil. In terms of deaths India is at fourth after the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

Top 5 Highest single-day spikes, country-wise:

CountryNo. of casesDate
India77,266August 27
USA77,255March 21
Brazil69,074July 29
Chile36,179June 17
France26,849April 12

Source: JHU

Highest single-day spikes for other major countries:

CountryNo. of casesDate
Spain19,382August 24
China15,133February 13
Pakistan12,073June 14
Russia11,656May 11
Italy6,557March 21

Source: JHU

The cumulative tests for detection of COVID-19 have reached 3,94,77,848 in the country, and more than 1 crore samples have been tested in the past two weeks, the Ministry said, highlighting that the Tests Per Million have increased to 28,607.

India has tested more than 9 lakh samples for the detection of COVID-19 for the second consecutive day, keeping a sharp focus on the ‘test, track and treat’ strategy of the government.

India has already created a capacity of doing 10 lakh tests per day. A total of 9,01,338 samples were tested in a span of 24 hours on Thursday taking the cumulative tests to 3,94,77,848 so far.

“More than 1 crore samples have been tested for COVID in the past two weeks,” the Ministry said.

“The Tests Per Million too have seen a sharp surge to 28,607. It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified at an early stage, their close contacts promptly tracked and isolated as well as timely and effective treatment can be ensured,” the Ministry underlined.

The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country.

To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which as on today consists of 1,564 labs in the country; 998 labs in the government sector and 566 private labs.

(with PTI inputs)

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