Published On: Fri, Jul 10th, 2020

India records highest spike of 26,506 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, caseload nears 8 lakh

New Delhi: India’s coronavirus caseload is nearing 800,000 with the biggest spike of 26,506 cases reported in the past 24 hours, prompting some states to go back to a stringent lockdown in high-risk areas.

Commuters with face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata, India, Thursday, July 9, 2020.

The new confirmed cases took the national total to 793,802.

The Health Ministry on Friday also reported another 475 deaths, taking total fatalities to 21,604.

The ministry said the recovery rate is continuing to improve at more than 60%.

Eastern Bihar state reimposed a full lockdown in capital Patna and four other districts for a week beginning Friday.

India’s most populous Uttar Pradesh state, with nearly 230 million people, also announced a weekend lockdown.

The two states account for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who returned to their homes after becoming jobless in late March.

AP

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