India registers another biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases

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Of the total 1,38,845 cases, 77,103 are active cases while 57,720 people have been cured, including 3,280 cured in the last 24 hours.

Five states and union territories independently reported their biggest spikes.

Kerala's number of COVID-9 cases has risen to 359 with 49 more people testing positive today.

Of the total confirmed, there are 69,597 positive cases across the nation, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The number of infections has gone up to 3,459 in West Bengal, 2,757 in Andhra Pradesh and 2,380 in Bihar. On May 19, the city reported 500 positive cases in a day, the number soon increased to 534 cases in a day on May 20, and to 571 on Thursday.

In Tamil Nadu, 759 new cases were reported and the death toll rose to 103 after five more people, including a 75-year-old woman, lost their lives.

Maharashtra with 50,231 cases is the worst-affected state by the disease, followed by Gujarat with 14,056 cases.

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Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently.

Al Jazeera's India correspondent Elizabeth Puranam reports from the capital New Delhi. Another state is Odisha, which recorded 500 cases in just seven days. A spurt has been observed in Pudducherry which now has 41 cases. The country reported another 6,977 cases, taking its total to 138,845, despite the world's longest lockdown imposed in March.

Globally, there have been over 54.1 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19. The student had recently returned from Delhi.

Meanwhile, the country also recorded its biggest jump yet in new coronavirus infections - nearly 7,000. At least 18 police personnel, including an officer, have died of COVID-19 in the state so far. The tally touched 50,231, while 58 more deaths saw the toll surge to 1,635. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each so far.

"Till yesterday, we have conducted 29,44,874 tests", he said, adding that India now has 422 government laboratories and 177 private laboratory chains to conduct COVID-19 tests. The coronavirus tally in the state rose to 13,418.

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