COVID-19 | India records biggest single-day spike with over 7400 cases; becomes 9th worst-hit nation

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India witnessed its biggest-ever spike in COVID-19 cases as it reported 7,466 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in India now stands at 1,65,799.

There were 175 deaths reported in the past 24 hours and the death toll in the country now stands at 4,706.

The number of active coronavirus cases stands at 89,987 while 71,105 people have been cured or recovered and one patient has migrated.

With this, India now ranks 9th globally in its COVID-19 case count, overtaking Turkey that reports 1,60,979 cases and just below Germany that reports 1,82,196 cases. India still ranks lower in the death toll tally.

The United States tops the list of most affected country by the pandemic followed by Brazil, Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France.

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Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 59,546 cases, while Tamil Nadu has recorded as many as 19,372 cases followed by Delhi (16,281 cases), which reported its highest-ever single day spike on Thursday and Gujarat with 15,562.

The increase in the number of cases in the country comes after the government gave considerable relaxations to the people in the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown.

Moreover, India has ramped up testing to detect COVID-19 cases in the country. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 34,83,838 samples have been tested as on May 29, 2020, 9 AM. The number of samples tested in 24 hours is 1,21,702.

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