Coronavirus India Updates: Total Caseload Exceeds 85.5 Lakh; Delhi’s Third Wave Hits Peak
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Coronavirus India Updates: Total Caseload Exceeds 85.5 Lakh; Delhi’s Third Wave Hits Peak

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Confirmed cases of Covid-19 continued to rise in India albeit at a slower pace, defying concerns that the festive season could lead to an influx.

India added 45,903 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 85.5 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Nov. 9. This took the active cases to 5.09 lakh in the country.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 85,53,657
  • Active cases: 5,09,673
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 79,17,373
  • Deaths: 1,26,611
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 45,903
  • One-day recoveries: 48,405
  • One-day deaths: 490

Daily additions have remained below the 60,000 mark since Oct. 19. Infact, cases have remained below the 50,000-mark for five out of the last seven days. That restricted the rise in active cases, which climbed above 10 lakh in mid-September. They now account for around 6% of the total caseload.

Total recoveries are soon to hit the 80-lakh mark.

While most states reported a fall in active cases, some may be seeing a new wave of infections. Delhi, for instance saw 1,599 more active cases this morning as per the Health Ministry’s website. Haryana has 735 more active infections - the second largest spike next to the national capital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said the national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of Covid-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst so far. The government has increased the number of beds for Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi, but there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls, the minister said.

"The third wave of Covid-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon," Jain said.

Global Update

Globally, confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 50.2 million, including more than 1.25 million deaths.

The U.S. reported more than 126,000 new infections for the third consecutive day, taking the country’s total near 10 million. U.S. deaths remained at more than 1,000 for a fifth day, a streak last seen in August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.

Italy will add more than 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in aid to help offset the economic impact of lockdowns. A protest against virus-related restrictions in Leipzig, Germany, ended in violence.

Track all news updates around the Covid-19 outbreak in India, here.

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