A sharp surge of 56,282 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours took India’s COVID-19 tally to 19,64,536 cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning, adding that number of Covid-linked deaths have crossed 40,000.
A total of 13,28,336 patients have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, the government data shows. More than 900 Covid-19 patients have died since yesterday.
While India’s recovery rate stood at 67.61 per cent this morning, the positivity rate – that indicates the percentage of patients testing positive for the highly infectious illness – stood at 8.46 per cent.
The country – third worst-affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic after the United States and Brazil – tested a record 6,64,949 samples in the last 24 hours, the government said.
Over 2.21 crore samples have been tested so far in India, which has a population of about 130 crore people. A patient can be tested more than once until recovery.
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