Health experts have warned that congregations during major festivals later this month. File photo
India has reported another 70,496 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total since the pandemic began to more than 6.9 million.
The Health Ministry on Friday also reported 964 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 106,490.
India is seeing infections spread at a slower pace than last month, when daily infections touched a record high of 97,894 cases. India is averaging more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month.
Since the pandemic began India has reported the second most total cases in the world behind the United States.
Health experts have warned that congregations during major festivals later this month and in November have the potential for the virus to spread.
Since the pandemic began India has reported the second most total cases in the world behind the US. File photo
Sri Lankan health authorities are working to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and spas.
The Indian Ocean island nation over the weekend reported its first locally transmitted infection in more than two months, which led to the discovery of a cluster centered around a garment factory in densely populated Western province.
By Friday the number of infections linked to the cluster climbed to 1,053, with more than 2,000 more people asked to quarantine at home. The majority of infected people are co-workers of the first patient, who is a worker at the garment factory.
China is joining the world’s coronavirus vaccine alliance known as COVAX. It previously declined to join, missing a deadline in September.
China has four vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, making it farther ahead in development timelines than others.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was joining to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and in hope more capable countries will also join. It is not yet clear the exact terms of the agreement and how China will contribute.
The alliance is designed so participation by richer countries helps finance access for poorer ones. The Trump administration in the U.S. has declined to join.Associated Press
Despite a series of religious festivals the number of new infections per day in India dropped sharply in October and November.
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India's death toll from the pandemic now stands at 50,921, an increase of 941 from the previous day, according to the health ministry's website.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. India's total coronavirus cases rose by 61,267 in the last 24 hours to 6.69 million on Tuesday morning, data from the health ministry showed.
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