86,821 cases reported in 24 hours take India’s COVID tally to over 63 lakh, deaths at 98,678

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 86,821 new coronavirus cases and 1,181 deaths, taking its COVID infectious tally to over 63-lakh mark.

According to the Health Ministry of India, the country now has 63,12,585 cases of coronavirus, including 9,40,705 active cases, 52.7 lakh recoveries and 98,678 deaths.

The Ministry said that India’s average COVID testing has been increased to conduct more than 15 lakh tests per day, and has exceeded the 140/day/million tests as advised by the World Health Organisation by more than 5 times.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges in India, shut since March because of coronavirus lockdown, will be allowed to re-open from October 15, the government of India said while announcing the next phase of the lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions.

The final call, however, has been left to the states and the institutions involved. Online and distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the GoI said.


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