Coronavirus: 64,553 cases, 1007 deaths in 24 hours; India's tally over 24.61 lakh

Coronavirus: 64,553 cases, 1007 deaths in 24 hours; India's tally over 24.61 lakh

India on Friday registered a single-day spike of 64,553 fresh cases and reported 1007 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the ministry of health and family welfare. India's coronavirus tally touched 24,61,191 on Friday as the country detected 64,553 more cases in a single day, while the death toll climbed to 48,040.

The coronavirus caseload in India now includes 661,595 active cases, 17,51,556 discharged and 48,040 deaths, according to the health ministry. According to the ICMR, India has so far tested 2,76,94,416 samples to detect the impact of coronavirus in the country.

Of these, 848,728 samples were tested on Thursday, ICMR said on Friday. Of the 848,728 samples that were tested on August 13, 64,553 returned as positive for the infection. A record 830,391 samples were tested on Wednesday in the country.

"In pursuance of the 'test, track and treat' strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day," the health ministry said.

The strong resolve and determination of the Union and state governments and union territory administrations to follow aggressive testing as the first important step in the early detection and isolation of coronavirus positive cases have resulted in India rapidly increasing the number of tests done per day, it said.

The week-wise average daily tests conducted saw a sharp increase from around 2.3 lakh in the first week of July 2020 to more than 6.3 lakh in the current week, the ministry said.