NEW DELHI, Sept 25 (Reuters): India's coronavirus case tally surged to 5.82 million after it recorded 86,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Friday.
A total of 1,141 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said, taking mortalities to 92,290, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.
Globally, india has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, behind the United States where infections crossed 7 million on Thursday.
"The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across India is 5,818,570 and death toll is 92,290," read the information released by the ministry.
According to ministry officials, 4,756,164 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.
"The number of active cases in the country right now is 970,116," the information released by the ministry further read.
Meanwhile, 68,928,440 samples were tested so far across the country, out of which 1,492,409 tests were conducted on Thursday alone, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said Friday.
Meanwhile, AFP reported that emergency workers have ended a days-long search for victims of an apartment block collapse in western india as the death toll rose to 41, officials said Thursday (Sept 24).
Recovery teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had rescued 20 survivors from the rubble of the three-storey building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, after the block came crashing down before dawn on Monday.
A senior NDRF official told AFP that emergency workers, aided by sniffer dogs, also retrieved 41 bodies buried under brick and concrete.
"Operations are over," NDRF Commandant Anupam Srivastava said.
NDRF director general Satya Narayan Pradhan tweeted Thursday that 10 children were among those killed.
The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, but building collapses are common during india's June-September monsoon season, with old and rickety structures buckling under days of non-stop rain. - Reuters
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