India records lowest daily new Covid-19 cases in 3 months

New Delhi, Oct 27 (efe-epa).- India on Tuesday reported 36,370 new Covid-19 cases, its lowest number of daily coronavirus cases in three months, officials said.

The federal health ministry said it was one among the “several significant milestones” in the fight against the coronavirus.

The total coronavirus infections stood at 7.94 million in India, the second-worst affected country in the world after the United States that has around 8.1 million.

“The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours have fallen below 36,500 for the first time in three months. The new cases were 34,884 on July 18,” a health ministry statement said.

The statement said 488 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours from Monday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 119,502.

The number of deaths has been below 500 for the second consecutive day.

The coronavirus mortality rate in India stands at 1.5 percent, significantly low compared to other countries hit by the disease.

The health ministry also claimed that India had reported the highest recovery rate in the world, reducing the number of active cases to 625,857, with more than 90 percent of patients already recovered.

With a decreasing rate of infections, the contagion curve in India has maintained a declining trend for the past several days.

The government has lifted almost all the restrictions imposed at the end of March, confining 1.35 million Indians to homes for about two and a half months.

In phase five of its de-escalation process, India has authorized the reopening of recreational centers, the public transport system, and many recreational and sports activities.

Almost all economic sectors in the country have resumed their operations.

Among the few activities that continue to be restricted include international commercial flights.

However, the government has established air bridges with about 20 countries to operate bilateral routes under restrictions.

The union home ministry also announced the gradual relaxation of travel restrictions for foreigners, authorizing visas for non-tourists after more than seven months of suspension.

India has had to cope with the pandemic with below-par health infrastructure and a vulnerable population of more than 800 million people living in poverty, most of them in rural areas with limited access to medical centers.

The country is already the annual season of major religious festivities, putting more pressure on the authorities to stop large gatherings.

The government has urged people to maintain social distancing measures and avoid a new peak of infections. EFE-EPA


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