Record 9,304 people test positive for coronavirus in 24 hours, India’s death toll crosses 6,000

A record 9,304 people tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking India’s tally of COVID positive cases to 2.16 lakh.

The total deaths in the country stand at 6,075, Union Health Ministry data shows.

As India and other nations fight the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments.

The WHO had said last month that it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is “no reason” to change the way the trials are conducted.

Maharashtra, the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India, reported the highest single-day spike in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday with 122 fatalities, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 2,587.

The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 74,860. 2,560 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, of which 1,276 cases were reported in Mumbai.


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