India reported a new record surge this morning in coronavirus cases as more than 55,000 new patients were registered in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said, adding that over 6.42 lakh samples were tested on Thursday which is the highest number of samples tested in a day since the beginning of the pandemic. The country's covid tally has crossed 16 lakh cases after the latest spike, just three days after crossing the 15 lakh-mark. This is the second consecutive day that more than 50,000 fresh infections have been reported in 24 hours. More than 10. 58 lakh patients have recovered so far. The recovery rate stood at 64.54 per cent. 779 COVID-19 patients have died since yesterday, taking the total number of COVID-19 linked deaths to 35,747.