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11:03 AM, July 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:08 AM, July 03, 2020

India records biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases

For the first time, India's single-day total tally of coronavirus cases reached the 20,000-mark today, while the death count rose to 18,213 with 379 fresh fatalities, Indian Health Ministry data showed.

The pan-India number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 6,25,544 and the number of recoveries is pegged at 3,79,892, with the recovery rate rising to 60.72 per cent.

Among the states, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan.

In a related development, by ramping up its Covid-19 testing capacity, India has crossed the nine-million mark in conducting the tests so far.

A total of 90,56,173 samples have been tested till July 1, Health Ministry officials said on Thursday night.

The Health Ministry, also said the total number of people being tested for Covid-19 in the country will soon touch one crore.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also said there are now 1,065 testing labs in the country -- 768 in the public sector and 297 in private.

The daily testing capacity is growing fast, the officials said, adding it is more than three lakh per day now.

Starting with just one laboratory, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, and having 100 in the beginning of the lockdown imposed on March 25, ICMR on June 23 validated the 1,000th testing lab.

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