India registers 50,000 new daily virus cases for the first time Jul 31, 2020 0 291 12345 DPANew DelhiIndia has recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, another record spike for the country, government data released on Thursday showed.The surge of 52,123 reported cases put the total tally in India, among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic, at 1,583,792, the Federal Health Ministry reported on its website.The ministry also reported 775 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities up to 34,968.The total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus in India surpassed 1 million, with the recovery rate at 64.43 percent.While India comes in third behind the US and Brazil when it comes to the total number of confirmed cases, the COVID-19 fatality rate in the country, the second-most populous in the world, has dipped to 2.23 percent, which is among the lowest globally, Indian health officials said.Meanwhile, a survey found that more than half of the residents of some of India’s biggest slums in Mumbai had developed antibodies for coronavirus, indicating they had recovered from the infection.According to a Bloomberg report, this appeared to be one of the highest population immunity levels known worldwide.The findings from the serological survey could explain the sharp drop in infections being seen in densely populated areas in the city, despite an overall surge in cases across India.According to guidelines for the third phase of easing lockdown restrictions issued by the government, nightly curfews have now been lifted. However, schools, metro services, cinemas and bars will remain closed until August 31. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Growing death toll from monsoon floods hampers South Asia virus efforts Jul 31, 2020 0 302 Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj Jul 31, 2020 0 297 Philippines reports record daily high of coronavirus infections Jul 31, 2020 0 2014 Yemen’s rebels release Bahai leader previously condemned to death Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Thursday they had released the leader of the Bahai religious minority in the war-torn country, some seven years after he was detained. In March this year, a Yemeni court controlled by the .. Iran says jailed UK-Australian academic ‘in perfect health’ Tehran A British-Australian academic jailed in Iran is in “perfect health” and is going to meet Canberra’s envoy in Tehran next week, state news agency IRNA reported. Kylie Moore-Gilbert “is in perfect health and based .. Lebanon imposes new economic lockdown in bid to curb virus surge DPA Beirut Shops, banks and other businesses closed down across Lebanon on Thursday as part of new lockdown measures aimed at curbing a fresh surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi .. South Africa eases coronavirus curfew to help restaurant sector AFP Johannesburg South Africa is to ease its coronavirus curfew by an hour to help restaurants serve dinner, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said Thursday. Restaurants have been campaigning fiercely .. DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera Bukavu Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods. Immunisation teams have ..