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India reported a spike of 48,661 covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total number of reported cases to13,85,522, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total count include 4,67,882 active cases,8,85,577 cured/discharged/migrated. With 705 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 32,063.

Around 63.92% people have recovered so far. The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners. This is the fourth consecutive day when covid-19 cases have increased by more than 45,000. The number of tests for detection of covid-19 has crossed the 16-million mark in the country.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that, "The total number of covid-19 samples tested up to 25th July is 1,62,91,331 including 4,42,263 samples tested yesterday."

Maharashtra has reported 3,66,368 coronavirus cases, the highest among states and Union Territories in the country.

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 9,251 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count in the state to 3,66,368 while fatalities mounted by 257, including 116 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to 13,389, the state Health department said.

Maharashtra now has 1,45,785 active cases.

Meanwhile, Southern states continued reporting high coronavirus caseloads on Saturday with Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka seeing biggest single day spikes yet again, while there was no sign of the pandemic abating in Andhra Pradesh, which recorded yet another day of 7,000 plus cases.

The death toll climbed to 3,409 with 89 fatalities.

In another development, India has recorded the highest-ever more than 4.2 lakh COVID tests in a single day. Nearly 1.6 crore samples have been tested so far. There is a sharp decline in case fatality rate to 2.35 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

For the first time, a record number of more than 4.2 lakh COVID tests have been conducted in a single day by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR," the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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