India’s COVID-19 deaths rise to 48,040

The COVID-19 toll in India has risen to 48,040 after 1,007 more patients succumbed to the highly-contagious disease, the health ministry said on Friday.

The third most affected country in the world registered 64,553 fresh COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative figure to 24,61,191 on Friday.

India registered 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours.

With tests of over 8 lakh COVID-19 samples, India tested the highest the number of samples for the coronavirus disease, said the health ministry on Thursday. This took the cumulative testing figure in India to 2,68,45,688 crore.

A record 8,30,391 samples were tested on Wednesday in the country.

“In pursuance of the ”test, track and treat” strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day,” the ministry said.