Corona virus India: 35,551 new Covid-19 infections in last 24 hours, cases rise to 95,34,965
India has so far reported more than 94 lakh cases and has the world's highest number of recoveries
New Delhi: India is currently the second-worst hit country by the Covid pandemic, in terms of the total number of infections, after the United States. However, India’s reported mortality rate — calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases — is low compared to other countries despite its high caseload.
On 9 October, the number of active cases in the country fell below the nine-lakh mark, for the first time since 9 September. In the second week of October, India recorded the highest number of recoveries in the world, and has maintained its global lead since. The government began its phased ‘unlockdown’ from 8 June, with extensive relaxations including opening of religious places, shopping malls and restaurants. Metro services were reopened under Unlock 4.0 guidelines issued on 29 August. Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes have been permitted to run with up to 50 per cent seating capacity and states can allow gatherings of more than 100 people. The Unlock 5 guidelines have been extended until 30 November. Schools largely remains shut, with the Centre leaving it up to states to decide on allowing them to reopen. However, India’s R value, which had dipped to below 1 for some weeks, climbed past 1 in the last week of November. An R value of over one means that one person is currently spreading the disease to more than one people and the pandemic is increasing in size.
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