By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 10, 2020, 10:45:50 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Covid-19 tally in India on Friday inched closer towards the eight lakh mark after 26,507 fresh cases were reported within a span of 24 hours, taking the total to 794,842. The number of fatalities stood at 21,604, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Even as the number of daily COVID tests goes up from a few thousand in March to over 2 lakh in July, a glut of RT-PCR testing kits has both domestic manufacturers and multinational importers grumbling about government policies that one of them described as “baffling”. While India has reached the 10-million-test landmark, domestic manufacturers supply only 25-30% of RT-PCR kits used. Given that ICMR has validated over two dozen Indian manufacturers, that is a small improvement from the country’s 100% dependence on imported test kits in March.
Globally, over 12.2 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus. The United States continued to be the worst affected followed by Brazil, India, Russia, and Peru.
Kerala reports a biggest daily spike of 339 infections, COVID-19 tally crosses 6,500 mark
With COVID19 cases continuing to spiral, Kerala on Thursday recorded the biggest single-day spike of 339 infections, taking the count to 6,534, as Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan cautioned that the state was “very close” to the threat of community spread. The state reported 133 cases through contact Thursday. As many as 149 people have recovered from the infection on Thursday and 2,795 people are under treatment, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told PTI.
In at least seven cases, no source of the infection has been traced yet, he said. Vijayan also said there are possibilities of the formation of multiple clusters and COVID-19 super spread areas. Of the fresh cases, 117 had returned from abroad and 74 from other states.