Nearly 20,000 new cases in India, count crossed 6 lakh

Fresh cases breached the 19,000-mark once again with 19,684 patients testing positive for the virus, taking India’s caseload to 6,05,068. India’s cumulative death toll has risen to 17,837. On the positive side, 3,59,671 people have recovered from the virus. Stay here for all live updates

India on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day jump of 507 COVID-19 deaths. Close to 4 lakh cases were recorded in June, making it the worst month for the country prompting some States to go for varying degrees of lockdown.

The total number of samples tested up to July 1 is 90,56,173 of which 2,29,588 samples were tested on Wednesday, according to Indian Council of Medical Research.

Meanwhile, a resident doctor of AIIMS, Dr Abhinav Singh Verma along with a team of IIT-Delhi students, incl.his brother, developed ‘COPAL-19’, an app that enables users to track willing plasma donors who’ve recovered from #COVID19 at the hospital. It was launched on #DoctorsDay.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed the situation in the national capital is not ‘terrible’ and that the crisis was under control. He urged the people to continue to take full care, wear masks and follow social distancing rules.

While Maharashtra’s total case count mounted to 1,80,298 with 5,537 new cases and the death count increased by 198 to 8,053 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

There are 10,644,064 Covid-19 cases and 514,527 people have died due to the disease across the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s tracker.
India’s first Covid-19 vaccine candidate by Bharat Biotech Ltd has received the central drugs controller’s approval for human clinical trials.

In India, around 90 per cent of total infections in India are from ten states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka.