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Coronavirus: 57,117 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, India nears 17 lakh infections

1.34 pm: The second round of serological survey has begun in Delhi on Saturday, PTI reports. The five-day survey will cover all districts. Samples will be collected from four districts, including North Delhi and North West Delhi on Saturday. A senior government official says 15,000 samples would be collected from August 1 to 5, in different areas and from different age groups. A sero-prevalence survey involves testing the blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against a particular virus.

1.20 pm: Ayodhya Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar says that all security arrangements for laying the foundation stone of the Ram temple, ANI reports. All coronavirus-related protocols will be followed, he adds. Route diversions have been planned at 12 places to ease traffic movement. Kumar requests people not to gather in groups of more than five.

1 pm: Puducherry reports 139 new cases of the coronavirus. The total number of positive cases is now 3,593 including 1,357 active cases, 2,185 discharges and 51 deaths.

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