With over 17K fresh cases, India 10K short of 5L mark

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India adds 18,552 new Covid cases, tally crosses 5 lakh

The number of coronavirus infections in India has reached 509,306 after more than 18,500 new cases were added to the tally, government figures, released on Saturday, have shown. The country saw a surge of 3,38,324 infections from June 1 till date.

The number of active cases stands at 2,03,051, while 3,09,712 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the updated data.

The health ministry said it also briefed the GOM during its 17th meeting about the recovery and mortality rates, doubling rate and ramped up testing in various states.

Bengaluru had 1556 COVID-19 cases as on June 23 which doubled to 3419 cases as on June 28, which is 25.92% of total cases in Karnataka.

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India recorded close to 20,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day for the first time on Sunday, taking the tally to 5,28,859. While 14,215 patients have been discharged, 649 deaths have been recorded so far, it said.

The ministry said it briefed the Group of Ministers on COVID-19 on the coronavirus situation in the country and the efforts to boost healthcare infrastructure on Saturday.

The number of containment zones in Delhi has risen to 417.

When the lockdown started, only 100 laboratories were testing for COVID-19.

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With the further easing of coronavirus-induced curbs in the state, some salons opened in Mumbai on Sunday after a gap of three months while many remained closed due to lack of manpower.

The Madhya Pradesh government said it will launch a "Kill Corona" campaign from July 1 to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

On Friday alone, 2,20,479 samples were tested, the highest in a day since the beginning of the pandemic. This includes 749 in the government sector and 287 private labs. Out of 156 deaths, 60 occurred in the last 48 hours.

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