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With 5,318 new Covid cases, Maharashtra breaks records of one-day spike

A woman reacts as a medical worker takes a swab from her to test for the coronavirus disease in Ahmedabad India

She said: Three days in a row with no registered Covid deaths in Scotland. Delhi, earlier this month, overtook Mumbai to be the worst-hit city in India. As on June 28, the COVID related health infrastructure has been strengthened with the availability of 1,055 dedicated COVID Hospitals with 1,77,529 isolation beds, 23,168 ICU beds and 78,060 oxygen supported beds, it said. As per the Ministry of Health data total confirmed cases In India stands at 508953 which includes 197387 active cases, 295881 cured/discharged/migrated, and 15685 deaths.

"This has led to the recovery rate touching 58.24 per cent", the ministry said.

The total number of people who have died under the measurement remains at 2,482, unchanged from Friday.

Meanwhile, Indian government on Saturday allowed the use of Dexamethasone as an alternative choice to Methylprednisolone for managing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19. Now, the ICMR has validated 1,007 diagnostic labs-including 734 government labs and 273 private labs.

Tamil Nadu, which has been unable to contain the spread of coronavirus, reported 3,645 new cases, taking the state's total to 74,622 out of which 32,305 are active cases. At least eight new deaths were also recorded, with the total number of fatalities reaching 1,244. Delhi has 77,240 cases and 2,492 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 74,622 cases with 957 deaths.

The country has the fourth-largest Covid-19 outbreak in the world, after the US, Brazil and Russian Federation, and has surpassed Iran in terms of their official death tolls. 7,287 patients have recovered, and the state has reported 180 deaths.

More than 70 per cent deaths occurred due to comorbidities, it said.

Experts said that the rapid surge in the number of cases is due to the lockdown being eased and also an increased testing rate.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 12,596 in Madhya Pradesh, 12,463 in Haryana, 11,364 in Telangana, 10,884 in Andhra Pradesh and 10,560 in Karnataka.

It has risen to 8,931 in Bihar, 6,966 in Jammu and Kashmir, 6,816 in Assam and 6,350 in Odisha. Punjab has reported 4,769 novel coronavirus infections so far, while Kerala has 3,726 cases.

A total of 2,791 people have been infected by the virus in Uttarakhand, 2,545 in Chhattisgarh, 2,339 in Jharkhand, 1,334 in Tripura, 1,128 in Goa, 1,092 in Manipur, 960 in Ladakh and 894 in Himachal Pradesh.

The COV-IND-19 study group, led by Bhramar Mukherjee, a biostatistics professor from the University of MI, forecasts that India could see between 770,000 and 925,000 cases by July 15.