Coronavirus India Update: Tally Tops 89.5 Lakh With Over 45,000 New Cases
A health worker dressed in personal protective equipment handles a swab at a rapid-antigen methodology Covid-19 test site at the Lajpat Nagar market in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanthan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Update: Tally Tops 89.5 Lakh With Over 45,000 New Cases

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India’s new coronavirus infections hit a one-week-high even as the outbreak has shown signs of slowing down in the recent weeks.

India added over 45,000 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 89.1 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Nov. 18. That includes nearly 83.3 lakh recoveries and 1.3 lakh deaths.

The 45,576 fresh cases come after authorities reported less than 40,000 new cases for three straight days.

However the lower rate of infection has kept active cases below the 4.5-lakh mark, after they climbed above 10 lakh in mid-September. Daily recoveries have also declined but remain higher than fresh cases.

Active cases now account for less than 5% of the total confirmed Covid-19 cases in India while recoveries dominate the pie with over 93% share. The fatality rate now stands at 1.46%

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 89,58,483
  • Active cases: 4,43,303
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 83,83,602
  • Deaths: 1,31,578
  • Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 45,576
  • One-day recoveries: 48,493
  • One-day deaths: 585

Global Update

New York City will close the nation’s largest public-school system after virus infections reached a critical threshold, a setback to the region’s economic recovery.

In Europe, a protest over Germany’s strategy to quell the virus turned violent. Poland reported a record 603 deaths, and U.K. doctors warned that tough new measures must be in place when England’s lockdown ends. Tokyo reported a record number of new cases Wednesday, surpassing a previous daily high set in August.

Globally, over 56 million cases of coronavirus have been reported while 1.34 million of them died due to the infection.

Vaccine Update

Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical-trial data showed its vaccine was 95% effective, paving the way for the company to apply for the first U.S. regulatory authorisation for a coronavirus shot within days.

Also read: Pfizer Plans Filing as Vaccine Proves 95% Effective

Sadanand Gowda Tests Positive For Covid-19

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The minister requested those who came in his contact to be careful and follow the protocol and stay safe. Gowda's office said the minister's symptoms are mild at present.

Night Curfew Announced In Ahmedabad

Due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, a night curfew will be imposed in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat from Friday to curb the spread of the infection, a top government official said on Thursday.

The curfew will be in force between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 20 and remain in operation till further orders, he said.

More details here.

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