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Over 1.15 Lakh Samples Tested For COVID-19 In Last 24 Hrs: ICMR

Publish On: 23 May, 2020 11:26 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

On Saturday, the Indian Council of Medical Research noted that the country has tested over 1.15 lakh samples for the deadly COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. 

Also Read: COVID-19: Biggest Spike In India As 6,654 New Cases Got Reported In 24 Hrs

According to data released by the council, as of May 23, the total number of samples tested for coronavirus in India stood at 28,34,798. The number of samples tested in the last 24 hours is 1,15,364, the ICMR said.

So far, the highly infectious virus has infected more than 1.25 lakh people in the country. On Saturday, the Ministry of Health updated the national COVID-19 tally to 125,101. Out of the total number of cases, 69,597 are active, while more than 51,000 people have been sent home. The coronavirus death toll in the country stands at 3,720. India recorded the highest single-day spike with 6,654 new cases of the novel virus on Saturday. 

The coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December has so far infected more than 5 million people across the world while over 3.4 lakh people have lost their lives to the virus. 

The United States continues to be the worst-hit country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1 million, followed by Brazil, Russia, Spain, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Turkey and Iran.

Also Read: South America A New COVID-19 Epicentre: WHO

Countries, where cases seem to be slowing down, are fearing the second wave of infections that will have devastating consequences of both human life and the global economy. With several economies announcing full or partial lockdowns, business activities have come to standstill, pushing millions into unemployment and the brink of poverty.