Coronavirus: India reports lowest number of COVID-19 deaths in 11 weeks

A health worker takes the temperature of a patient at a makeshift COVID-19 care center at an indoor sports stadium, in New Delhi. (AP)

India has reported its lowest daily increase in coronavirus deaths in nearly three months.

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The Health Ministry on Thursday reported 680 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the lowest in 11 weeks, raising the country's death toll since the pandemic began to 111,266. The country was seeing more than 1,000 virus deaths per day last month.

The ministry also reported 67,708 new infections, raising India’s total to more than 7.3 million.

According to the ministry, India’s average number of daily cases dropped to 72,576 last week from 92,830 during the week of Sept. 9-15, when the virus peaked. Over the last month, the country has been seeing a trend of declining cases on a week-to-week basis.

Health experts have warned about the potential for the virus to spread during the religious festival season beginning later this month, which is marked by huge gatherings of people in temples and shopping districts.

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Last Update: Thursday, 15 October 2020 KSA 08:47 - GMT 05:47
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