New Delhi: Coronavirus cases in India are near the 80-lakh mark amid a reopening economy and seasonal festivities. The pace of increase, though, has reduced with the country adding less than 50,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for four straight days.
India added over 49,000 new cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 80.4 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 29. This includes over 1.2 lakh deaths and 73.1 lakh patients who have recovered.
Active COVID-19 cases in country stand at 6,03,687 while 73,15,989 people have recovered so far, said the Union health ministry.
Meanwhile, total 10,65,63,440 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to October 28. Of these 10,75,760 samples were tested yesterday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research.
The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate have led to a fairly drastic decline in active cases. They have fallen close to the 6-lakh mark from the highs of over 10 lakh seen in mid-September. Active cases account for just 8% of the total caseload now. Recoveries, on the other hand, account for nearly 91% 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.