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India sets global record for number of new Covid-19 cases reported in a day

August 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A health worker takes a nasal swab to test for COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, and the fourth-highest death toll in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India topped the United States' record of coronavirus cases reported in a 24-hour period for two days in a row.

India topped the United States' record of coronavirus cases reported in a 24-hour period for two days in a row.

India recorded 85,687 new cases on Aug. 26 and 77,266 new cases on Aug. 27, both surpassing the United States' highest number of new cases, which was reported on July 16, when the US reported 77,255 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday urged states to further ramp up testing, ensuring a minimum of 140 tests per million in all districts and to make public information on the availability of beds, ambulances, and more, so vulnerable patients can receive timely care, according to a statement from India's press information bureau.

The total number of cases of coronavirus in the country stand at 3,387,500 with 61,529 deaths and 2,583,948 recoveries as of Friday, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

At least four people tested positive for coronavirus at the Republican National Convention, a tweet from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, says.

A longer statement from the county says, “approximately 792 Covid-19 tests were conducted among individuals attending or providing support to the Republican National Convention (RNC) Meeting in the City of Charlotte. ” Of those, four came back positive.

Since January, US health authorities have identified more than 5 million Covid-19 cases so far nationwide and more than 180,000 people have died, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

“We will have to live longer with new coronavirus [cases]," she added.

The country recorded its highest number of cases since the lockdown lifted on Thursday, with 9,658 new infections.

On Thursday, France saw the highest number of new cases since March 31 -- the peak of the epidemic -- with 6,111 new cases.

Yet cases are also rising in the country, which reported 1,522 new infections on Thursday, the highest number since June 12.

Italy is also observing an upward trend with 1,179 positive new cases reported on Thursday, the highest number since May 6, and five deaths.

Some 93 new cases were recorded by Ireland's Health Protection Service Surveillance Center on Thursday.

Germany recorded 1,507 cases on Thursday, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which noted the marked rise in cases in a number of federal states.

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