India reported single-day spike of 56,282 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total tally to 19,64,537, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
According to the Union Health Ministry, this includes 5,95,501 active cases, 13,28,337 cured, discharged and migrated cases. With 904 new deaths being reported from the country, the toll due to the infection stands at 40,699.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 2,21,49,351 samples have been tested up to August 5 with 6,64,949 samples being tested on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 18.7 million, while the deaths have increased to over 706,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,727,530 and the fatalities rose to 706,041, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,821,287 and 158,171, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in the second place with 2,859,073 infections and 97,256 deaths.