India adds record 17,000+ new cases, death toll over 400

In one of the biggest single-day jumps in Covid-19 infections, India added more than 17,000 new cases of the virus on Wednesday — the highest so far.

This is nearly 1,500 more than the previous peak of 15,689 recorded the previous day. Wednesday’s death toll remained above 400 for the second day running, at 422.

According to medical research body ICMR, over 75 lakh samples have been tested for COVID-19 till June 24. And on Wednesday, 2.07 lakh samples were tested.

The apex health research body recently validated the 1,000th testing laboratory in the country, ramping up the capacity for detection of covid in the country. Of the 1,000 testing laboratories, 730 are in government setups while 270 are in the private sector.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday said the global tally of cases is expected to cross the one-crore mark within next week. So far, the coronavirus has infected over 94 lakh people and claimed 4,82,109 lives so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. However, more than 47 lakh people across the world have recovered.

The Kerala government says it will not insist on Covid-19 negative certificate for expatriates coming on Vande Bharat flights, chartered flights, and private aircraft to the State from today.

Covid-19 cases surged in Maharashtra (3,890 fresh infections), Delhi (3,788), Tamil Nadu (2,865), Telangana (891), Uttar Pradesh (700), Gujarat (572), Andhra Pradesh (497), Haryana (490), Bengal (445) and Assam (429), among other states, taking the day’s total to 17,156.