Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Tops 48 Lakh As Infection Spreads At Record Pace
People wear protective masks and face coverings while waiting in line to undergo Covid-19 real-time PCR testing at a government-run dispensary in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Tops 48 Lakh As Infection Spreads At Record Pace

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread unabated in India amid concerns that the second-most populous nation may soon be the world's worst-hit.

India added 92,000 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to more than 48 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 13. This includes nearly 38 lakh patients who've recovered and more than 79,000 who succumbed to the illness.

Fresh cases in India fell from the record spike reported on Saturday. The number, however, is still higher than what any other nation has added in a single day.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 48,46,427
  • Active cases: 9,86,598
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 37,80,107
  • Deaths: 79,722
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 92,071
  • One-day recoveries: 77,512
  • One-day deaths: 1,136

Source: Health Ministry (As of 8 a.m. on Sept. 14)

Even though India’s total case load is second only to the U.S.’s 64 lakh infections, the country’s recovery rate remains above 77%.

Global Update

Pfizer Inc.’s chief executive officer said it’s likely the U.S. will deploy a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of the year, while AstraZeneca Plc restarted testing after its trial was halted when a participant fell ill.

South Korea began relaxing social-distancing rules as new cases dropped to the lowest in a month. Thailand tightened border checkpoints to prevent the virus’s spread from neighboring countries. Israel’s cabinet backed a second national lockdown, which will start on the cusp of a Jewish holiday season.

Gatherings in the U.K. will be restricted to no more than six people as new cases climb at a pace not seen since May. U.S. infections steadied after the deadliest day in more than two weeks.

Globally cases pass 28.8 million with more than 922,000 dead.

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