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Coronavirus Cases Live Updates: As Covid Cases Rise In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal Says Testing To Be Doubled

India COVID-19 Cases: Insisting that his government's primary strategy to contain the Covid outbreak - to test and isolate - had not changed, the Chief Minister also declared that the Covid situation in the city - once the worst-affected in the country - is "fully under control".
New Delhi: There has been a "marginal increase" in coronavirus cases in Delhi over the past few days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday afternoon, adding that testing rates in the national capital would be doubled as a precautionary measure. Insisting that his government's primary strategy to contain the Covid outbreak - to test and isolate - had not changed, the Chief Minister also declared that the Covid situation in the city - once the worst-affected in the country - is "fully under control".
67,151 new coronavirus cases and 1,059 new deaths were recorded in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. The fresh numbers have pushed the national total since the start of the pandemic to 32,34,474 cases, including 59,449 deaths. 24,67,758 patients have recovered from the infection in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 76.29 per cent.

Maharashtra remains the hardest-hit in the pandemic, accounting for 7,03,823 cases.

In a worrying indication that the COVID crisis in Delhi is far from over, the capital on Tuesday saw the highest spike in cases in the last 40 days, with 1,544 fresh cases. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a high-level meeting today to discuss the situation.

Here are the LIVE Updates Coronavirus Pandemic:
Aug 26, 2020 20:54 (IST)
Nagpur Sees Highest Single-Day Spike Of 1,270 COVID-19 Cases

With the detection of 1,270 new cases, Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike that took its COVID-19 tally to 23,495, an official said.

Apart from this, the district also registered 45 casualties that raised the toll to 859, of which 648 deaths were reported from Nagpur and 211 from rural areas and outside the district, the official said.

As many as 641 patients were discharged from various hospitals on Wednesday and the number of recoveries stood at 13,709, he said.

The district now has 8,927 active cases, he added.