Published On: Thu, Nov 12th, 2020

New Delhi cases spike again ahead of Diwali fest

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported 47,905 new cases of coronavirus infection with New Delhi setting another daily record Thursday.

People shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the Lajpat Nagar market in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. India’s tally of coronavirus cases is currently the second largest in the world behind the United States. The government warns that the situation can worsen due to people crowding markets for festival shopping. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The surge of 8,593 cases in the nation’s capital is the highest for any major Indian city and comes as people crowd shopping areas ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Saturday.

Deaths, too, are climbing again, with 85 in New Delhi in the past 24 hours. Deaths are a lagging indicator of the impact of the virus, due to long periods of illness and medical treatment.

Overall, India’s new cases held steady. The Health Ministry also reported 550 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 128,121.

India’s tally of confirmed cases — currently the second largest in the world behind the United States – has exceeded 8.6 million.

Meanwhile, the New Delhi High Court ordered authorities to take the surging coronavirus spread seriously as people were ignoring masks and social distancing norms.

The Delhi government says that cases are projected to rise to nearly 12,000 daily by the end of November and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the federal health ministry stating that its hospitals would need over 20,000 more beds for treating patients.

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

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