Coronavirus cases in India rose towards the 80-lakh mark as the economy continued to reopen amid the festive season. The pace of increase, though, has reduced with the country adding less than 50,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for he second time in seven days.
India added 45,148 fresh cases – lowest since July 22 – in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 79 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 26. This includes 1.19 lakh deaths and 71.4 lakh patients who have recovered.
The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate kept active cases in India below the 7-lakh-mark for the fourth straight day. That’s just 8.5% of the total caseload. India’s active cases had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September. New cases have been falling in India for nearly a month. Daily additions have remained below the 90,000 mark since Sept. 21.
To be sure, the nation with 1.3 billion people is only behind the U.S. in the number of confirmed infections.
The daily death toll has also declined compared to a month ago. The figure fell below the 500-mark today, for the first time in over three months.
The World Health Organization’s director general said some countries in the northern hemisphere are facing a “dangerous moment” as U.S. coronavirus infections hit a record for the second day and France’s cases rose by more than 50,000.
China tackled another outbreak after a 17-year-old girl in the Kashgar region was found to have Covid-19. Spain announced a nationwide curfew and Italy introduced the strongest restrictions since May.
Globally, Covid-19 infections rose past 42.9 million with over 1.15 million dead.
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