07/09/2020 09 July 2020, India, Delhi: Health workers wearing full protective suits distribute lunch meals to Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients at the Shehnai Banquet Hall quarantine center of the LNJP Hospital. Photo: Manish Rajput / SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire / dpa
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India has registered more than 26,500 coronavirus cases in a single day, a record figure that brings the Asian country closer to the 800,000 threshold and that maintains it as the third country with the most positives in the world, behind the United States and Brazil .

The Indian Ministry of Health has reported 26,506 new cases this Friday, bringing the provisional balance to 793,802. In addition, 21,604 people have lost their lives, victims of COVID-19, 475 more than in the official balance disclosed the previous day.

Eight states accumulate around 90 percent of active cases across the country. Maharashtra remains the most affected region and already accumulates more than 230,000 positives – 6,875 more than on Thursday -, while Tamil Nadu and Delhi rise to 126,000 and 107,000 cases, according to the NDTV network.

The authorities of Uttar Pradesh, where more than 32,300 cases have been registered, have decreed a confinement from 10:00 pm on Friday until Monday morning due to the recent increase in cases. During this time, only essential services will be allowed.

Authorities estimate that more than 495,000 patients have overcome the disease in India so far, representing a recovery rate of over 62 percent. The number of recovered is already above the data of Russia, which is the fourth country with more cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.