India records 55,078 covid-19 cases in 24hrs

NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 18: Doctors check patients for symptoms of coronavirus before they are allowed to enter the main building at Maulana Azad Hospital on March 18, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Covid-19 cases have hit more than 150 in India so far, with 3 people dying from it. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India reported another record surge in daily COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total to 1.64 million, as the government further eases virus curbs in a bid to resuscitate the economy, while also trying to increase testing.

Infections jumped by 55,078 in the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 779 to 35,747, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on its website.

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The ministry also said it aimed to raise the country’s capacity to 1 million coronavirus tests per day in the medium term, from a record 600,000 on Friday.

The federal government this week announced the reopening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums, and removed restrictions on the movement of people and goods.