India registers 524 more COVID-19 deaths, 44,489 new cases of infection
People seen wearing face masks amid increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths in the national capital, on November 24, 2020. The Delhi government has increased the fine for not wearing masks in public places to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500 earlier. IANS

India registers 524 more COVID-19 deaths, 44,489 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 135,223; total cases climb to 9.266 million; recoveries go past 8.679 million; active cases rise to 452,344

New Delhi, November 26, 2020

India today registered 524 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 44,489 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours as the authorities continued to take measures to contain a fresh surge in the numbers of cases in some states, including national capital Delhi.

With the latest numbers, the death toll has risen to 135,223 while the total number of cases of infection in the country so far, since the first case was reported in late January, has climbed to 9,266,705.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period rose above the 500-mark after staying below that level for two days. Before that, it had stayed above 500 for five consecutive days. The number had fallen below 500 on October 26 for the first time after more than three months.

The number of new cases of infection in a day stayed below 50,000 for the 19th consecutive day today.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 rose to 8,679,138 as of this morning, up 36,367 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 93.65%.

The number of active cases rose by 7,598 in the past 24 hours to 452,344.

The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,290 -- was reported on September 16. India had reported 481 deaths yesterday.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country had recorded 44,376 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 60.346 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,420,721 as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India is placed second in the world in terms of the total number of cases of infection so far, behind the United States (more than 12.772 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 6.166 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (262,177) and Brazil (170,769).


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