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India reports highest single-day spike in virus cases

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Workers fix oxygen cylinders at a railway carriage which was converted to a makeshift COVID-19 care centre in Delhi, India, July 1, 2020. Xinhua

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – India’s federal health ministry Sunday morning recorded 613 new deaths and 24,850 more positive cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 19,268 and total cases to 673,165.

This is the highest single-day spike in terms of fresh COVID-19 cases in the country so far.

According to ministry officials, 409,083 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

“The number of active cases in the country right now is 244,814,” reads the information.

Presently the country has entered Unlock 2.0 phase, though restrictions remain in full force inside the COVID-19 Containment Zones.

On Friday the country’s civil aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced commercial international flights to and from India shall remain suspended until July 31.

Meanwhile, China health authority said Sunday that it received reports of eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Saturday, of which two were domestically transmitted.

The domestically transmitted cases were reported in Beijing, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

One new suspected case from abroad was reported in Shanghai, and no deaths related to the disease were reported Saturday, according to the commission.


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