New Delhi: In worrying signs for the country, India on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike of 49,310 coronavirus cases and 740 fatalities.

The total cases across the country now stand at 12,87,945 including 4,40,135 active cases, 8,17,209 cured/discharged/migrated. The cumulative death toll has reached 30,601.

Continuing its lead as the worst-hit COVID state in the country, Maharashtra has reported 3,47,502 coronavirus cases so far. According to the latest data from the Union health ministry, the state has reported 12,854 COVID-19 deaths so far. As many as 1,94,253 patients have recovered.

Tamil Nadu, maintaining the second lead, has reported 1,92,964 COVID-19 cases till date. According to the latest data from the health ministry, the state has reported 3,232 COVID-19 deaths so far. As many as 1,36,793 patients have recovered.

The COVID-19 caseload of Delhi stands at 1,27,364. The national capital has reported 3,745 COVID-19 deaths so far and as many as 1,09,065 patients have recovered.

However, India’s COVID-19 recovery rate now stands at 63.5%.

Meanwhile, due to increasing COVID-19 infection in the state, the West Bengal government has ordered a lockdown in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik lockdown from 26th June (Sunday) for 7 days to contain the spread.

All private and government offices will remain closed with the exception of law and order, fire services, health services, treasury, banking, courts and correctional services etc. All religious and social ceremonies are prohibited with the exception of last rites and marriage ceremonies with allowed number of people. All markets and shops selling non-essential items are to remain closed.

According to a report on The Indian Express, the Centre will hold a video conference with eight states, which it views as a “cause of concern”, to check the spread of the virus. The meeting, scheduled for Friday, will feature a detailed discussion between a team of experts from the Centre as well as senior health ministry officials and officers from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh.

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