MUMBAI: India reported 32,981 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Monday. Cumulative cases now total 9.68 million, the second-highest tally in the world after the United States.
But health officials are drawing some encouragement that daily readings have stayed below the 50,000 mark for a month, inspite of a busy festival season that saw crowded markets and busy streets. The number peaked in September when more than 97,000 cases were reported on a single day. Deaths rose by 391, with the total now 140,573, the health ministry said.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a span of 24 hours was recorded below 27,000 after nearly five months on Tuesday, taking India’s infection tally to over 9.7 million, while total recoveries surged to 91.78 lakh, according to the Union health ministry.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 97,03,770 with 26,567 new infections being reported in a day and the death toll rose to 1,40,958 with 385 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday sought support of Switzerland for the joint proposal of India and South Africa in WTO for TRIPS waiver “so as to facilitate affordable access of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments throughout the globe”.