India records almost 7,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

ONGC workers arrive from Kolkata during the COVID19 lockdown at Chennai airport

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India on Monday posted its biggest single-day jump in cases of COVID-19, overtaking Iran to become one of the 10 worst-hit nations, even as the government allowed domestic air travel to restart. "Monday, 4,021 deaths related to novel coronavirus have been recorded in the country", reads information released by the ministry.

For the fourth consecutive day, India reported the highest ever spike of 6,977 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. A total of 130 new cases were reported in the state on May 24. 654 patients have recovered and the state has reported 42 deaths.

With almost 7,000 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and having registered an average over 5,000 cases in the past one week, India now ranks 10th in the global infection list, overtaking Iran, an early hotspot of coronavirus. Gujarat is third on the list with 14,063 cases. 28 per cent, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said that the state's recovery rate is 51 per cent.

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Bihar recorded two new COVID-19 deaths, taking its death toll to 13.

Globally, there have been over 54 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19. Delhi's death toll has also increased to 231. Another state is Odisha, which recorded 500 cases in just seven days. So far, 23 people died from the coronavirus in Qatar.

The total number of cases in the country are 1,31,868. There are 267 active cases while results are awaited in 3,522 tests.

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In Himachal Pradesh, 10 more people tested positive, of which nine had returned from Mumbai and one from Punjab.

"Till yesterday, we have conducted 29,44,874 tests", he said, adding that India now has 422 government laboratories and 177 private laboratory chains to conduct COVID-19 tests. Of the cumulative cases, 33, 988 are now active. A total of 57,721 patients have recovered. The state's number of deaths has also climbed by two, taking it to 155. The number of active cases stands at 1,431.

The US has the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 1,622,605 and 97,087, respectively. It also showed almost 54,000 having recovered, leaving the count of active cases at more than 71,000. The state has reported 200 COVID-19 deaths and 72 "co-morbid deaths". There are 1,374 cases in the Kashmir division and 294 in the Jammu division. Brazil stands at number 2 with 363,211 cases.

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While the country's recovery rate is 41.

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