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12,881 new cases, 334 deaths in last 24 hours; India’s tally crosses 3.6 lakh

India has reported 12,881 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike. Government data shows the highly infectious disease has claimed 334 lives in the last 24 hours.

India has so far reported 3,66,946 coronavirus cases, of which 1,94,325 have recovered; the recovery rate is 52.95 per cent. A total of 12,237 have died till now.

The samples of 62,49,668 people have been tested across the country. At least 1,65,412 were tested on Wednesday and 7.78 per cent of them were found positive.

The Union health ministry update at 8 am showed 334 deaths in the said period and the overall fatalities to be 12,237. There are 1,60,384 active cases and 1,94,324 cured or discharged.

The death toll surged after Delhi and Maharashtra took into account hundreds of fatalities that were pending review, officials have said.

The country had recorded its first fatality in March when the Covid-19 infection tally was a little over 70.

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