Coronavirus cases continued to rise in India as the country celebrates its largest festive weekend, triggering concerns of a spike in cases.
India added over 44,500 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to nearly 88 lakhs in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Nov. 14. That includes 81.6 lakh recoveries and 1.29 lakh deaths.
Daily additions have remained below 50,000 for over a week now, keeping active cases below the 5-lakh mark for the fifth straight day. Active cases had climbed above 10 lakh in mid-September. Daily recoveries have also declined but remain higher than fresh cases.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 88,14,579
- Active cases: 4,79,216
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 82,05,728
- Deaths: 1,29,635
- Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 41,100
- One-day recoveries: 42,156
- One-day deaths: 447
India’s largest festive season is coming to an end today with Bhai Dhooj, after having celebrated Dhanteras and Diwali over the weekend amid Covid-19 restrictions. Temples reportedly witnessed heavy rush of devotees though the people were seen observing social distancing and following other guidelines and safety measures against the Covid-19. However, worries of another wave of cases remains after markets witnessed throngs on people leading up to the weekend.
Fresh Covid-19 vaccine reports are on the horizon, with drugmakers including Pfizer Inc. expecting to obtain more trial data as early as this week. The updates are eagerly awaited as the pandemic accelerates, with the U.S. surpassing 11 million cases.
Nations across the globe moved toward tougher measures, though two of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s advisers said they oppose a nationwide lockdown. Hong Kong is tightening social-distancing rules after a rise in locally transmitted cases. Germany warned of “considerable restrictions” over the next four to five months, while Austria plans mass-testing of its entire population.
Globally, total conformed cases topped 54.3 million with 1.3 million of those dead.
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