India sees single day spike of 57,117 positive cases & 764 deaths in last 24 hours

India has recorded its worst ever single-day spike of over 57,500 coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 1,697,054. The country’s death toll now stands at 36,551.

With coronavirus cases rising at a record speed , several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Mizoram have extended their lockdown till August 31.

Amidst a record surge in the number of novel coronavirus cases, Andhra Pradesh has ruled out the re-imposition of a lockdown and is insisting that a focus on testing will help contain further spread of the disease.

The third phase of unlocking restriction begins today. On Wednesday, the centre had announced guidelines for the same, removing night curfew and allowing yoga institutes and gyms to reopen from August 5. However, on Thursday, Tamil Nadu and Bihar extended the statewide lockdown till August 31 and August 16 respectively.

Worldometer has reported record 282,095 new cases worldwide in the past 24 hours. As many as 17,745,592 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 11,151,794 have recovered, 682,196 have died so far.

The front-line healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, compared to the general population, as per the new research. Those with inadequate PPE had a further increase in risk.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 17.5 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 678,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,516,264 and the fatalities rose to 678,226.