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Covid-19: Record 23,500+ cases on Friday, 446 deaths

Health workers collect swab samples of people for COVID-19 tests, at a government dispensary In Patiala (PTI)

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 pandemic continued to surge in the country as fresh cases rose to another record high on Friday, with over 23,500 reported during the day.
With more than 22,000 new infections on Thursday, Indias coronavirus caseload has jumped by about 45,500 in just two days. The death toll from the virus has risen to 18,662 with 446 fatalities recorded on Friday.
Covid-19 cases in India stood at 6,49,708, having crossed the 6 lakh mark just two days ago, as per data collated from state governments.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate crossed 60%, with more than 3.93 lakh patients having been declared cured.
As many as 23,526 new cases were reported on Friday. The spike was again led by Maharashtra, which recorded a new high of 6,364 infections.
At least seven other states reported their biggest single-day jump in cases, led by a massive increase of 1,892 in Telangana and 1,694 in Karnataka. The others were Uttar Pradesh (972 new cases), Gujarat (687), Bengal (669), Odisha (561) and Kerala (211).
Tamil Nadu became the second state in the country to cross the 1-lakh mark, reporting its second highest count of 4,329 on Friday. Delhi reported 2,520 cases, taking its caseload to over 94,600.
The southern states together accounted for nearly 9,000 fresh cases (8,987 to bRead More – Source