Coronavirus Updates: India Extends ‘Unlock 5.0’ Guidelines; Adds Nearly 44,000 New Cases
Shoppers and pedestrians walk past stalls at the Bhadra Fort market in Ahmedabad, India. (Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus Updates: India Extends ‘Unlock 5.0’ Guidelines; Adds Nearly 44,000 New Cases

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Coronavirus Updates: India Extends ‘Unlock 5.0’ Guidelines; Adds Nearly 44,000 New Cases

Coronavirus cases in India are near the 80-lakh mark as the economy continues 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 three straight days.

India added 43,893 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 79.9 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 27. This includes over 1.2 lakh deaths and 72.5 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 sixth straight day. That’s just 8% of the total caseload. Recoveries, on the other hand, account for over 90% of all Covid-19 cases in the country.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, on Tuesday, extended the guidelines for the fifth phase of reopening the economy till Nov. 30. Announced in September, these guidelines were meant to stay in force till Oct. 31. The lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones during the period, the MHA said.

This comes at a time when shoppers continue to throng the streets in urban India amid a festive season which began with Navaratri and Durga Puja.

Key Numbers

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 79,90,322
  • Active cases: 6,10,803
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 72,59,509
  • Deaths: 1,20,010
  • New Cases in 24 hours: 43,893
  • Recoveries in 24 hours: 58,439
  • Deaths in 24 hours: 508

Global Update

Europe’s resurgent coronavirus outbreak intensified, with Italy’s new cases reaching a record and France reporting the most deaths since April. President Emmanuel Macron is readying new measures to control the spread, while Germany’s Angela Merkel will propose harsher restrictions on movement.

Japan passes a bill to offer a free vaccine. In the U.S., Covid-19 hospitalisations have risen at least 10% in the past week in 32 states and the nation’s capital as the month-old viral surge increasingly weighs on America’s health-care system.

Globally, Covid-19 infections rose past 43.8 million with over 1.16 million dead.

Track all coronavirus related news updates in India, here.

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