India reports 53,476 COVID cases in 24 hours, biggest single-day spike in over 5 months

New Delhi: With 53,476 fresh COVID cases reported in 24 hours, India saw the biggest single-day jump in total infections in nearly five months.

As the country continues to see a worrying surge in infections amid concerns over a second COVID wave, the government of India yesterday said a new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern (VOCs) which have also been found abroad.

Maharashtra and Gujarat saw the highest-single day spike since the start of the pandemic.

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