A record surge of 78,761 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours took India’s Covid tally to 35,42,733, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the highest single-day surge reported by any country since the beginning of the pandemic.
India is the third worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic in the world after the United States and Brazil. The country has been recording the highest surge in cases recorded in a single day for the last 26 days.
In the last 24 hours, 948 deaths linked to the highly contagious disease were registered, taking the total number of fatalities to 63,498.
The government on Saturday announced guidelines for the fourth phase of unlocking, allowing metro services to resume from September 7. Lockdowns can’t be imposed outside containment zones, the states have been told.
Social, political, academic, sports, religious and other functions will be allowed with a limit of 100 people as part of the new rules from September 21. Schools, colleges, swimming pools and indoor theatres will remain closed. This phase, called “Unlock4”, will be in effect till September 30.