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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 48,700 new cases, 524 deaths

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For the fifth straight day, India has set the record of registering highest-ever single-day rise in the COVID-19 cases. India has reported 3,52,991 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,73,13,163, as per Union Health Ministry. The number of active cases is 28,13,658. The death toll is at 1,95,123 with 2812 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 48,700 new cases, 524 deaths
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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 48,700 new cases, 524 deaths
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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 48,700 new cases, 524 deaths
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COVID-19 News Highlights: For the fifth straight day, India has set the record of registering highest-ever single-day rise in the COVID-19 cases. India has reported 3,52,991 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,73,13,163, as per Union Health Ministry. The number of active cases is 28,13,658. The death toll is at 1,95,123 with 2812 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The Centre has directed all manufacturers to provide liquid oxygen only for medical purposes and said 551 oxygen generation plants will be set up amid a crippling shortage of medical amenities in the high-caseload states. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla directed the state and union territory governments to ensure that "use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose.

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