A spike of more than 18,500 cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day pushed India’s overall case tally past the 5.6 lakh-mark on Tuesday morning.
The death toll due to Covid-19 in India climbed to 16,893 after as many as 418 fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, ending Tuesday morning.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 2,15,125 active cases of coronavirus in the country, while the number of those who have recovered stands at 3,34,821. As of Tuesday morning, the total cases in India is 5,66,840.
On Monday, a single-day spike of 19,459 Covid-19 cases took India’s tally close to 5.5 lakh, while the recovery rate further improved to 58.67 per cent.
India’s COVID-19 death toll climbed to 16,475 with 380 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Monday.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 86,08,654 samples have been tested up to June 29, with over 2 lakh samples tested on Monday.
Meanwhile, the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) in a fresh set of guidelines said that blood can be collected from a person, who tested positive and recovered from Covid-19, only after 28 days of discharge from a treating facility or 28 days after home isolation ends.
To maintain safety, the NBTC in its guidelines urged blood banks and camp organisers to exclude donors who are in the risk category.
Very mild, mild, pre-symptomatic, moderate and severe Covid-19 cases must be deferred for 28 days from donating blood after discharge from a treating facility or 28 days after the end of home isolation, stated the guidelines issued by the NBTC, which comes under the ambit of the Union health ministry.