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COVID-19: India sets new record of cases; hand sanitizer kills 10

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India has set a new record single-day increase of 57,118 COVID-19 cases, public health officials said Saturday.
Aug.1 (UPI) — India has set a new record single-day increase of 57,118 COVID-19 cases, public health officials said Saturday. The new cases bring India’s total cases to date to more than 1.69 million. Within a single day,764 people also died of the virus, bringing the total death toll to 36,511, according to Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m., the Press Trust of India reported. Meanwhile, the number of patients recovered from the virus in India increased to more than 1 million. Saturday was the third day in a row that COVID-19 cases increased by more than 50,000. Ten people also died this week after drinking alcohol-based sanitizer, district police chief Siddharth Kaushal said. The official said the victims drank the sanitizer after liquor shops were closed in the village of Kurichedu in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The liquor stores were closed because of a COVID-19 lockdown after a surge in cases. Japan also set a new daily record with 1,579 new COVID-19 cases Friday, according to the health ministry.

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