India records largest ever single-day spike of 14,500 new cases, WHO warns

India has registered highest single-day spike of 14,516 COVID-19 cases. With this, India’s total tally is now 3,95,048 cases, according to the Union Health Ministry.

This is the third consecutive day that India registered a record jump in the number of coronavirus cases. On Friday, India recorded the single-day biggest jump of 13,586 cases. On Thursday, 12,881 new infections were recorded in 24 hours, according to the government data.

The death toll is now 12,948 after 375 new fatalities in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic is accelerating. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has made five-day institutional quarantine mandatory for all coronavirus patients in the Capital, which the ruling Aam Aadmi Party has heavily opposed.

On Friday, India tested the highest number of samples in 24 hours (1,89,869). A total of 66,16,496 samples have been tested so far. India’s average positivity rate – ratio of positive cases to the number of tests conducted – stood at 7.64 per cent this morning.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected 86.39 lakh people so far, and more than 4.5 lakh people have died of it, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075.

The Health Ministry has written to the States, asking them to follow guidelines for effective home isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among family members and neighbours, especially in congested living conditions.

The Ministry said that as per the guidelines, very mild and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 patients can opt for home isolation provided the patient has a room to himself/herself with toilet facility and has an adult attendant/caregiver.