Coronavirus: India adds 16,922 new COVID-19 positive cases in last 24 hours
COVID-19 cases in India have crossed 4.7 lakh mark even as the number of COVID-19 recovered patients is nearing 2.6 lakh.
New Delhi: India recorded the highest single-day spike of 16,922 new COVID-19 positive cases and 418 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is so far the biggest single-day surge in infections.
As many as 418 coronavirus related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 14,894.
The positive cases stand at 4,73,105 including 1,86,514 active cases, 2,71,697 cured/discharged/migrated and 14,894 deaths, said ministry of health and family welfare.
Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 75,60,782 samples were tested till June 24. 2,07,871 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
As Mumbai battles a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, the BMC is set to implement the 'Dharavi model' in the six northern suburbs where cases have been on the rise.
A massive population of 25 lakh will be screened in the coming week, the agency said, adding that rapid testing kits too will be used from Saturday to test high risk persons. Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar, Malad, Andheri east and Andheri west will be the targets of this exercise.
Meanwhile, Karnataka’s Bengaluru is witnessing a sudden rise in cases and the state’s health minister B Sriramulu has hinted that if this trend continues, there might be a complete lockdown in Bengaluru soon.
Health minister visited Bengaluru's KC General Hospital and said, “As cases in Bengaluru continue to rise in the last few days and the trend continues, Bengaluru might be put under lockdown yet again.” He added that a final decision will be taken only after CM BS Yediyurappa and experts nod only.
Apart from Bengaluru, coronavirus cases continue to rise in major cities like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.