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Coronavirus Highlights: With 1,450 fresh cases, Delhi records highest single-day spike in August

With 69,239 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus tally in India crossed the 30 lakh mark. As many as 912 deaths pushed the casualties in the country to 56,706.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 24, 2020 8:48:55 am
Health workers collect swab samples in Kolkata (Express photo/Partha Paul)

Delhi recorded 1,450 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day rise in August, pushing the infection tally to over 1.61 lakh, while the death toll rose to 4,300, PTI reported. Sixteen new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said. According to the update by Delhi’s health department, 6,261 RTPCR, CBNAAT, TrueNat tests and 12,470 rapid antigen tests were carried out in the last 24 hours.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that if everything goes well, India would get a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this year, PTI reported. Three COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including two indigenous ones, are at different phases of development in India. The phase-one human clinical trials of the two indigenous coronavirus vaccine candidates have been completed and the trials are now in phase-two, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava had said recently.

With 69,239 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus tally in India crossed the 30 lakh mark. As per the latest figures released by the Union Health Ministry, of the 30.44 lakh cases, 7,07,668 are active infections, while 22,80,567 patients have already been discharged. As many as 912 deaths pushed the casualties in the country to 56,706. Globally, covid-19 deaths worldwide passed 800,000 as cases rose to more than 23 million.

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