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India Covid-19 Updates: Over 77,000 cases, more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India, Lockdown News Live Updates: With 77,266 cases in 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in India rose to 3,387,500 on Friday with the death toll at 61,529, as per latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

With 77,266 cases in 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in India rose to 3,387,500 on Friday with the death toll at 61,529, as per latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As the country reported a record 75,000 new cases of novel coronavirus infections, the Cabinet Secretary, who held a review meeting Thursday with 10 states and Union territories that contribute to 73 per cent of the caseload, stressed on them to urgently reduce the high positivity rate among healthcare workers. Chief secretaries and health secretaries of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, attended the meeting with Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. Apart from a high caseload, these states and J&K also account for 89 per cent of the Covid deaths.

For most of August, India has been reporting the highest number of new cases in the world, more than even the United States and Brazil, the only two countries which have a bigger caseload than India. Globally, over 24 million people have been infected with Covid-19 so far, including 830,205 deaths.

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