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Record spike of nearly 20,000 cases in a day in India

New Delhi: With a record spike of nearly 20,000 cases in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 5,28,859 on Sunday and the death toll rose to 16,095, while Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh announced a door-to-door survey joining several states and UTs which have opted for the exercise in their efforts to check the surge.

The Centre noted that recoveries exceeded active COVID cases by over one lakh, stressing that “proactive steps” taken by it along with the states and Union territories   are showing “encouraging results”.

The number of active cases stands at 2,03,051, while 3,09,712 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the updated data.

“Thus, around 58.56 per cent patients have recovered so far,” an official said.

“The graded, preemptive and proactive steps taken by the government of India along with the states and UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results,” the Union health ministry said in

a statement.

India saw a surge of 3,38,324 infections from June 1 till date as the lockdown restrictions eased.

The country reported 19,906 cases on Sunday. This is the fifth consecutive day that coronavirus infections have increased by more

than 15,000.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 1,59,133 followed by Delhi at 80,188, Tamil Nadu at 78,335, Gujarat at 30,709, Uttar Pradesh at 21,549, Rajasthan at 16,944 and West Bengal at 16,711, according to the ministry data.

Mumbai police urged the city residents not to move beyond two-km radius of their homes for the purpose of exercise or visiting shops and salons, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Movement beyond two km is permitted only for attending office or medical emergencies, a senior police official said, adding that movement outside this radius for shopping is strictly prohibited.

With the further easing of coronavirus-induced curbs in the state, some salons opened in Mumbai on Sunday after a gap of three months while many remained closed due to lack of manpower.

In Delhi, where authorities are implementing a revised  strategy after a major surge in cases, the number of COVID-19 containment zones has risen from 218 to 417 after a re-mapping of such areas, while around 2.45 lakh people have been screened in a mammoth house-to-house survey to check the spread of COVID-19.

Officials said the count of containment zones is expected to jump further as the authorities in some districts were yet to complete the task of redrawing such areas following the Centre’s directions.

 “We have screened around two lakh people for COVID-19 in house-to-house survey being conducted across the city. Also, 45,000 people have been screened in COVID-19 containment zones,” an official told PTI.

The process of screening every household has to be completed by July 6.

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