Coronavirus latest updates: India records 88,600 new cases, tally rises to 59,92,533
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India recorded 88,600 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, which took the nationwide tally closer to 60 lakh mark on Sunday.

With a spike of 88,600 new cases and 1,124 deaths, India's COVID-19 count reached 59,92,533 on Sunday, which includes 9,56,402 active cases, and 49,41,628 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll in the country due to the infection has reached 94,503.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and it went past 50 lakh on September 16.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 7,12,57,836 samples have been tested across the country up to September 26 for COVID-19. Out of these, 9,87,861 samples were tested yesterday.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that over 5 lakh personal protective equipment per day are being produced by the 110 PPE manufacturers in the country.

"Now we have 110 PPE manufacturers in India, producing over 5 lakh per day. States who used to complain about not getting an adequate number of PPEs, now say they do not have a place to keep them when we talk about sending PPEs," Harsh Vardhan said here at the 79th Foundation Day of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 32.7 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 992,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 32,746,134 and the fatalities rose to 992,946, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 7,077,450 and 204,485, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in the second place in terms of cases at 59,92,533, while the country's death toll soared to 94,503.

The other top countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (4,717,991), Russia (1,138,509), Colombia (806,038), Peru (794,584), Mexico (726,431), Spain (716,481).

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