The lowest COVID-19 cases in India since mid-August

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks wait in line to board a bus amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, October, 6, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
According to data from the Ministry of Health in India, the number of COVID-19 cases in India has increased by 55,342 in the past 24 hours. It reaching 7.18 million in the morning of Tuesday (October 13), the lowest daily increase since mid-August.

The Ministry of Health said that the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 infection increased by 706 to 109,856.

The number of coronavirus cases in India exceeded 7 million on Sunday. The country increased by 1 million in just 13 days.

It has the second highest number of infections, after the United States, close to the 8 million mark.

Last week that India’s goal is to provide vaccines to 250 million people by July 2021. Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan (Harsh Vardhan) said. He said the government plans to accept between 450 million and 500 million doses of vaccines and will ensure “fair access.”

The number of cases in India increased sharply in July, with an increase of 2 million in August and 3 million in September. However, since mid-September, the spread of the coronavirus has slowed down. Since mid-September, the daily infection rate has reached an all-time high of 97,894.

Health officials warned that the virus may spread during the upcoming religious festival season. This is characterized by large-scale gatherings in temples and shopping areas.

A key factor will be people wearing masks and keeping a safe distance.

Nationwide, India has to test more than 1 million samples every day, which exceeds the World Health Organization’s benchmark of 140 tests per 1 million people. But many of these are antigen tests. They are used to find viral proteins, and are faster but less accurate than RT-PCR, which confirms the coronavirus through its genetic code.

With the economy contracting a record 23.9% in the April-June quarter, leaving millions of people unemployed, the Indian government will continue to relax the lock-in restrictions imposed at the end of March. The government announced a $266 billion stimulus plan in May, but consumer demand and manufacturing have not yet recovered.

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