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India's Cases Keep Downturn With 50k Infections

India's Cases Keep Downturn With 50k Infections

Sunday, 25 October, 2020 - 09:00
A woman walks past a graffiti of a girl wearing a protective mask amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India’s daily coronavirus cases have dropped to nearly 50,000, maintaining a downturn over the last few weeks.


The Health Ministry said 50,129 new cases have taken the overall tally to nearly 7.9 million on Sunday. It also reported 578 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 118,534.


The ministry also said India’s active coronavirus cases were below 700,000 across the country and almost 7.1 million people had recovered from COVID-19.


India is second to the United States with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus.


Last month, India hit a peak of nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but since then daily cases have fallen by about half and deaths by about a third.


Some experts said the decline in cases suggests that the virus may have finally reached a plateau but others question the testing methods.


India is relying heavily on antigen tests, which are faster but less accurate than traditional RT-PCR tests.


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