People exit a railway station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in Mumbai. File photo/Reuters
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India reported 45,903 fresh coronavirus infections, 490 more fatalities in 24 hours.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country mounted to 8.5 million cases, while the deaths rose to 126,611, health ministry data showed on Monday.
According to the Union Health Ministry's data India's coronavirus caseload went past 8.5 million.
The Indian Capital, New Delhi, witnessed its highest single-day jump in virus cases as 7,745 persons were found positive in a 24-hour period.
The government has warned that cases could surge during the ongoing festival season.
The capital’s air quality levels are plummeting to the "severe” category. A recent government report projected New Delhi may see up to 15,000 daily cases in the winter months.
Still, infections are rising in some parts of the country, even as active cases decline nationwide.
The government has warned that cases could surge during the ongoing festival season, asking people to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
A year ago, India had observed what Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a people’s curfew, marking the start of a chaotic nationwide lockdown in a bid to contain the virus. With 11.6 million cases, India is now the worst-affected country after the United States and Brazil.
India’s overall caseload of 12.04 million - the world’s biggest outside the United States and Brazil - had been falling steadily since a peak in late September, but increased public gatherings and travel are causing a spurt at a time when a majority of Indians are yet to be vaccinated.
The country’s tally dipped below the 60,000 mark after three days, a Reuters tally showed, with its richest state, Maharashtra, accounting for more than 31,000 of the 56,211 cases reported in the last 24 hours. Deaths in the last 24 hours stood at 271,
Residents were cut off in parts of the coastal state of Kerala as the rains, which started to intensify from late Friday, swelled rivers and flooded roads.
The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, police inspector Frantz Champagne told the media on Sunday.
One of the injured was a student at the university, while the rest were not, Grambling State posted on Twitter. The school student was "treated for non-life-threatening injuries", and the person killed was not enrolled at the university.