India sees highest one-day spike of nearly 23K cases

NEWDELHI, 4th Jul: India's COVID-19 tally neared 6.5 lakh cases on Saturday with a record single-day spike of 22,771 new infections, even as the recovery rate further improved to 60.81 per cent.
The government said several people-centric measures taken as part of the “test, trace, treat” strategy have removed the impediments for COVID-19 testing.
Facilitation of widespread testing by states or Union Territories has spurred the number of samples tested every day, the Union health ministry said.
During the last 24 hours, 2,42,383 samples have been tested, pushing the cumulative number of tests to 95,40,132. While the COVID-19 tally climbed to 6,48,315, the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities, according to Union Health Ministry data.
With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 3,94,226 and one patient has migrated. There are 2,35,433 active cases of the novel coronavirus currently in the country, the updated data at 8 am showed.
"Thus, around 60.81 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
This was the second consecutive day when coronavirus cases have increased by more than 20,000. There has been a surge of 4,57,780 COVID-19 cases from June 1 till date.
Meanwhile, as experts cautioned against rushing the process for developing a COVID-19 vaccine after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) stated it plans to launch one by August 15, the apex health research body stressed that it is acting in accordance with the globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential.

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