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India records biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 125101

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 1.16 lakh; govt says mortality rate less than half of global average

Of the total cases, 77,103 are active, 57,721 people have been cured while at least 4,021 individuals lost their lives.

India is now among the top 10 countries in the world regarding the total number of COVID-19 cases.

The JHU data further stated that India is the tenth most-affected nation by the pandemic after US, Russia, UK, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and France. The study called Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China, of Novel Coronavirus-Infected Pneumonia was conducted by a group of researchers to analyse the data on the first 425 confirmed cases in Wuhan to determine the epidemiological characteristics of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)-infected pneumonia (NCIP). 8,324 people have recovered and 111 people have died due to the disease. Experts reckon the movement of migrant workers was a man-made crisis, which deterred India from reaping benefits of the lockdown, and was also one of the biggest factors behind the extraordinary surge in new cases. Airport officials said it happened because many states said they would not be able to accept flights after initially agreeing. It started special trains to carry stranded labourers to their home states.

However, 57,721 patients have recovered so far, and at least 3,280 corona patients have recovered since Sunday, taking the recovery rate to 41.57 per cent. Maharashtra is worst-hit, with 50,231 cases, and it has almost one-third of cases in the country.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 1.3 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,800-mark as well. Next is Tamil Nadu with 14,753 cases and 98 deaths while Gujarat is at the third spot with 13,268 cases and 802 deaths.

Al Jazeera's India correspondent Elizabeth Puranam reports from the capital New Delhi.

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On the other hand, a 26-year-old man tested positive in Manipur, almost 10 days after returning to the state in a special train from Chennai.

Over the last two months, India has increased its testing capacity by 100 times - from 1,000 tests per day in March to 100,000 daily tests this month. The Ministry also announced two deaths due to the virus.

The Indian state of Maharashtra, the epicentre of COVID-19 positive cases, is still undecided about allowing air travel.

Experts have cautioned that movement of migrants and people coming from overseas could spread the infection further during their travel and also after their arrival as not all of them are put into institutional quarantine due to absence of any symptom. This is the highest number of Coronavirus cases reported in a single day. These include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu.

Goa's tally rose to 66 after 11 Mumbai returnees tested positive. The death toll stands at 163.

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