46,232 new cases push India's COVID-19 tally to 90.50 lakh

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2020

India has reported 45,882 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours pushing its cumulative tally to 90,04,365, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Friday.

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. Delhi, however, saw the daily count of cases reduced from 7,546 on Thursday to 6,608.

"At times when words alone don't do the trick, we have to get a bit tougher", chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news conference, also tweeting that the city of 20 million was on a "war footing".

The amendment empowers "authorised persons" to impose a Rs 2,000 fine for violation of quarantine rules, social distancing norms, not wearing face masks, and consumption of pan, gutka, etc in public places.

India imposed one of the world's strictest lockdowns in March, but the restrictions dealt a severe blow to the economy and the government has since eased them.

In the lead up to the festival, markets across the country were also rammed as large groups of shoppers gathered to purchase gifts.

"This trend of more daily recoveries than the daily cases has led to a continuous contraction of India's active caseload". As of Thursday night there has been 5,10,630 confirmed cases and 8,041 deaths so far.

"In June, the fatality rate in Delhi was 3.5 per cent".

In the USA - the worst hit in terms of absolute numbers with more than 2.5 lakh deaths - schools have been closed and some states, including California and OH, have imposed a curfew on social gatherings and other non-essential activities.

The hospitals in Delhi, both government and private hospitals, as of now, are left with only 9 per cent ICU beds with ventilators, which are extremely crucial for patients with severe disease, as per the Delhi Corona App.

The problem has been exacerbated by a choking haze and pollution that grips the city this time each year.

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