The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 14 lakh-mark after the nation reported the highest single-day spike of 49,931 cases in the last 24 hours, as of Monday morning. A total of 31,991 COVID patients in India were declared cured and recovered while 708 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
India's tally has increased to 14,35,453 out of which 4,85,114 are active cases, 9,17,568 have been cured and discharged while 32,771 have died due to the pandemic, the Health Ministry said.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of samples tested for coronavirus up to July 26 is 1,68,06,803 out of which 5,15,472 samples were tested on Sunday. Maharashtra on Sunday crossed 2 lakh-mark in July alone. In June, the state had reported over 1.07 lakh cases, which shows the spread has doubled this month.
In the meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 'high-throughout' COVID-19 testing facilities in three cities including Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata. As per the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), these facilities will help in strengthening early detection and treatment in an order to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
During his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15. His message came at a time when relaxations are being announced.