India reports 2,59,551 new cases, 4,209 deaths in 24 hours

India reports 2,59,551 new cases, 4,209 deaths in 24 hours

India on Friday recorded 2,59,551 new coronavirus cases, pushing the infection tally to 2,60,31,991 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. The toll climbed by 4,209 to 2,91,331.

The Centre on Thursday announced that RT-PCR tests will be cut to 40% of the total tests by the end of next month. The RT-PCR test is widely believed to be the most accurate method to detect the coronavirus infection.

The Centre on Thursday said that Indian companies will import six lakh vials of Amphotericin B, the drug used to treat “black fungus” infections, and that the shortage of the drug will be resolved soon. Earlier, the Union Health Ministry asked states to make post-Covid complication mucormycosis, or “black fungus”, a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

Globally, the coronavirus has now infected over 16.52 crore people and killed over 34.25 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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