Covid-19: India records highest-ever single-day spike of 75,760 cases

Registering over 75,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in a span of 24 hours, India’s virus tally sprinted past 33 lakh on Thursday, while the number of recoveries crossed the 25 lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the total covid-19 tally now stands at 33,10,234. The death toll climbed to 60,472 with 1,023 fatalities being reported in 24 hours.

A total of 25,23,771 patients have recuperated so far and there are 7,25,991 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, the data said.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 3,85,76,510 samples have been tested up to 26 August with 9,24,998 samples being tested on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) writes to DGs/IGs Prison of each State/UTs to apprise the Commission about medical infrastructure and best practices followed in connection with Covid-19 pandemic to tackle the situation.

With Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns putting finances of over a dozen states under severe strain, resulting in delays in salary payments and sharp cuts in capital expenditure outlays, a meeting Thursday of the GST Council — the Centre-state governing body for the Goods and Services Tax — looks set for a showdown over delayed clearance of outstanding bills and escalating differences over compensation payments.

Two men, aged 32 and 48, were given the first shot of the ‘Covishield’ vaccine, being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), at Bharti Vidyapeeth’s Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. The dose will be repeated after one month, an official said.