India COVID-19 | Record single-day spike of 66,999 cases and 942 deaths

August 13, 2020: India saw its COVID-19 tally jump by 66,999 new cases - highest single-day spike - on Thursday which pushed the number of cases to nearly 2.4 million.

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August 13, 2020: India saw its COVID-19 tally jump by 66,999 new cases - highest single-day spike - on Thursday which pushed the number of cases to nearly 2.4 million.

Wednesday marked the sixth time India reported over 60,000 cases in a day.

The country, with the world's biggest case load behind the United States and Brazil, has now reported a jump of 50,000 cases or more each day for 15 straight days.

On the other hand, India’s recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 70.8 percent.

The number of active cases in the country are 6,53,622 while 16,95,982 patients have been discharged so far, according to Union Health Ministry update on Thursday morning.

However, in further relief, the case fatality rate has declined to 1.98 per cent, according to the government. The health ministry added that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have crossed the 16 lakh-mark and recovery rate has reached another high of 70.38 per cent,” it further added.

Reportedly, the government on Wednesday said a single central system will be set up to procure covid-19 vaccines for pan-India requirements, which will be supervised by the Centre, and advised states not to initiate separate mechanisms to buy the antigen.

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