New Delhi: Marking yet another highest single-day spike, India on Saturday recorded 18,552 fresh infections and 384 deaths, taking the total tally beyond 5,00,000-mark. With the addition of over 18,000 patients in just 24 hours, India’s count of coronavirus cases soared to 5,08, 953, while the death toll zoomed past 15,000– 15,685 to be specific. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Total COVID Cases Cross 2.25 Lakh-mark, 219 Fresh Deaths

India crosses 5 lakh mark as it reports highest single-day spike of 18552 new COVID-19 cases; 384 deaths in last 24 hours. Positive cases in India stand at 508953 including 197387 active cases, 295881 cured/discharged/migrated & 15685 deaths”, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said today.  Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lockdown Extension News: Complete Shutdown in Ballia District Extended Till July 21

Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continues at the top of the national chart.  Maharashtra so far has reported 1,47,741 cases, including 6,931 deaths.  Delhi has over 73,000 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 70,977 cases.
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India continued to be the fourth worst hit among 213 countries. It is now less than 2 lakh cases away from Russia, which is in the third spot behind the US and Brazil, respectively.
Total number of samples tested up to 26 June is 79,96,707; the number of samples tested on 26 June is 2,20,479, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
There will be a new system of reporting COVID-19 deaths on a Google Form from 01.07.2020. Nodal Officers of the Hospital are directed to ensure death reporting within 48 hours from their hospitals from 01.07.2020 onwards, said  Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 
A special Air India flight for repatriation of stranded Indian nationals leaves from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for Kochi, Kerala. 
States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 29,520 cases and 1,753 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (20,193), Rajasthan (16,296), Madhya Pradesh (12,596), West Bengal (15,648), Haryana (12,463), Karnataka, (10,560), Andhra Pradesh (10,884) and Telangana (11,364) cases.
The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped 9.5 million, while the deaths are inching towards 5,00,000.
The number of containment zones in Delhi-280 in total thus far-is all set to increase after an exercise to re-map such areas is conducted in the national capital, news agency PTI quoted officials as saying. The re-mapping of containment zones will be done by dividing them into micro clusters for better surveillance and contact-tracing.
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