Ballia: As many as 160 inmates of the district jail in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), jail superintendent Prashant Kumar Maurya said on Friday (July 24).

A health department team had conducted tests on 594 inmates of which 160 tested positive.

All those who tested positive have been lodged in a separate barrack and are being given medicines and other things as per directives of the government, Maurya said.

He said a woman inmate was also found positive and has been admitted to L1 hospital in Basantpur.

Earlier on Wednesday, 120 inmates of district jail in Jhansi had tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, India saw a record single-day spike of 49,310 COVID-19 cases, taking the country's virus tally to 12,87,945 on Friday while the recoveries surged to 8,17,208, according to the Union health ministry data. 

The death toll mounted to 30,601 with 740 new fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

There are 4,40,135 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country.

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