Coronavirus India Updates: India Adds Lowest New Cases Since June 24
A man wearing a protective mask looks at a smartphone while leaning against a mural at Khan Market in New Delhi, India. (Photographer T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: India Adds Lowest New Cases Since June 24

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New coronavirus cases in India continue to decline, falling to lowest in over six months, amid worries of more infectious strains coming in from foreign countries.

Authorities reported 16,432 fresh cases in 24 hours -- lowest since June 24 -- taking the total tally to 1,02,24,303 in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Dec. 29. This includes 1.48 lakh deaths and 98 lakh patients who have recovered.

New cases fell below 20,000 for the second time in seven days. Daily recoveries have stayed ahead of fresh additions since Nov. 28. One-day fatalities too remained below 300 for the fourth consecutive day.

The slower pace of India’s daily infections and an improved recovery rate have kept active cases in India below the 3-lakh-mark for over a week now. That’s just 2.7% of the total caseload. India’s active cases had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,02,24,303
  • Active cases: 2,68,581
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 9,80,75,699
  • Deaths: 1,48,153
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 16,432
  • One-day recoveries: 24,900
  • One-day deaths: 252

Global Update

The House of Representatives passed a bill replacing the $600 stimulus checks in the newly enacted virus relief bill with $2,000 payments, as Democrats and moderate Republicans voted in favor of a proposal backed by President Donald Trump. Covid-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. reached new highs, testing the nation’s health-care workforce, as officials warned of a post-Christmas surge in infections.

Thailand reported its first virus death since November, while Spain became the fourth European nation to record more than 50,000 fatalities. Germany is seeking to expand production of shots to help bolster Europe’s vaccination program.

Globally, over 81.1 million coronavirus cases have been detected with 1.77 million dead.

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