Within a single day, 764 people also died of the virus, bringing the total death toll to 36,511, according to Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m., the Press Trust of India reported.

Meanwhile, the number of patients recovered from the virus in India increased to more than 1 million. RELATED Study: COVID-19 risk 3 times higher for front-line health workers

Ten people also died this week after drinking alcohol-based sanitizer, district police chief Siddharth Kaushal said. The official said the victims drank the sanitizer after liquor shops were closed in the village of Kurichedu in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The liquor stores were closed because of a COVID-19 lockdown after a surge in cases. RELATED 44% of attendees at Georgia overnight camp test positive for COVID-19

Nearly one-third of the increase was in the capital Tokyo, which reported its highest daily increase with 463 new cases Friday. RELATED Watch live: Trump participates in COVID-19, hurricane preparedness roundtable

The total number of cases in Japan since the start of the pandemic now stands at 37,746 cases with 1,008 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University global tracker.

This means that Mexico has now surpassed the Britain to become the country with the third-highest number of deaths globally, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

Still, on Friday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put a hold on reopening plans and announced extended mask-wearing rules due to a surge in new cases.

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