Published On: Sat, Oct 10th, 2020

India’s coronavirus caseload nears 70 lakh as pace slows

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus cases are nearing 70 lakh with another 73,272 reported in the past 24 hours.

An Indian villager wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus sells his ware at market in Jammu, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. India is the world’s second most coronavirus affected country after the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 926 additional deaths, taking total fatalities to 107,416. The deaths have remained below 1,000 for the seventh straight day.

India is seeing a slower pace of coronavirus spread since mid-September when the daily infections touched a record of 97,894 cases. It’s averaging more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month, while the recovery rate has exceeded 85%.

But health experts have warned that congregations during major festivals later this month and in November have the potential for the virus to spread.

“We have to work aggressively to make sure that during winter months and during the festive season coronavirus cases don’t rise dramatically,” said Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert.

Experts say India’s fragile health system has been bolstered in recent months but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in cases.

Consumer activity is gradually rebounding and millions of factory workers who had fled cities when India imposed a 2-month-long rigorous lockdown on March 25 are returning.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by The Sen Times staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: The Associated Press

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