A health worker collects a swab sample from a man in Mumbai, India. File photo/ Reuters
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Maharashtra's COVID-19 deaths dropped below 100 for the second time as India has recorded 44,059 new coronavirus cases, taking its total to 9.14 million, data from the health ministry showed on Monday.
Though new cases continued to increase, amid apprehensions of a second wave India has the second-highest number of infections in the world, after the United States, but the rate of increase in India has dipped since it hit a peak in September.
After days of three-digit figures, the state deaths dropped to 50, taking the fatalities to 46,623 now in Maharashtra. Previously, the state had reported 51 fatalities on May 18.
A health worker helps a woman wear a mask before screening her for COVID-19 symptoms in Mumbai. File/AP
Shooting above the 5,000 mark for the fifth day, the state recorded 5,753 new infections, taking its tally to 17,80,208.
New daily cases have come in at fewer than 50,000 for more than two weeks, according to a Reuters tally.
Deaths rose by 511, according to the latest health ministry data, taking the total to 133,738.
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,
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