India's total number of coronavirus cases crosses 9 million

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a woman to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected in a market in Ahmedabad

The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in India has risen by nearly 50 per cent in two days, in the week following the major Hindu festival of Diwali, with a record number of fatalities in the capital of New Delhi.

The country's total COVID-19 tally has mounted to 89,58,484 including 83,83,602 recoveries and 4,43,303 active cases the death toll stands at 1,31,578.

India on Sunday logged 45,209 new Covid-19 cases and 501 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry data.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, which has reported 192,000 COVID-19 cases so far, the Government will impose a night curfew in Ahmedabad city from Friday (local time).

Delhi accounted for 22.39 per cent of the fatalities reported across the country due to the coronavirus infection in a span of 24 hours by recording 131 deaths and became the largest contributor to the single-day COVID-19 deaths in India, the health ministry said on Thursday. There are 39,741 active cases in the national capital.

A shopkeeper wears a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus waits for customers at a market in Bengaluru India

India is now witnessing a steady decline in cases from its peak in September, with the country reporting fewer than 50,000 daily new infections during the last 13 days.

The ministry said 79.49 per cent of the 585 COVID fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours were from 10 states and Union territories - Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. These top five states account for almost half (55 percent) of all the new cases in India.

While the number of new daily infections on Wednesday is still roughly half of those recorded during India's mid-September peak, public health experts have urged caution as there has also been a nationwide drop in the number of tests.

3,668 new cases in West Bengal pushed the state's tally to 4,41,885.

Globally, 6.1 lakh new cases were reported with 10,969 new deaths recorded, highest till date.

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