COVID-19: India records more than 50,000 cases for six consecutive days

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The number of new coronavirus infections jumped by another 52,050 in the country, which took the nationwide tally to over 1.85 million. This is the sixth consecutive day that Covid-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000 in the country.

On Monday, India also recorded the highest single-day testing by conducting over 6.6 lakh tests to diagnose COVID-19.

According to the union health ministry’s update on Tuesday, there are 5,86,298 active cases and 38,938 fatalities and 803 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, reported Hindustan Times. So far, 12,30,510 patients have been cured or discharged.

“In its fight against Covid-19, India scales a new high of 6,61,715 tests in the last 24 hours,” said the Health Ministry in a tweet on Monday.

The number of COVID-19 tests carried out in India has also crossed the two crore-mark, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 65.77 per cent in the country, while the fatality rate is at 2.11 per cent, according to health ministry data.

In another significant development, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country.

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