Asia Today: Lesser Covid-19 issues but India's capital New Delhi is fighting a new surge in cases

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks past a recently vacated guest house displaying a to-let sign in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Thousands of students and professionals who worked for IT companies and lived in the area have moved back to their native places to work remotely. Even as much of the Indian economy has reopened, Bengaluru’s professional workforce is returning to work at a much slower pace than those in most other major cities, raising the risk that the city faces a more protracted recovery. - AP

NEW DELHI, Nov 7 (AP): India reported 50,356 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, one-seventh of them in the country’s capital, which is struggling with a record surge.

India’s confirmed cases -- currently the second largest in the world behind the United States - have exceeded 8.4 million.

The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 577 deaths, taking total fatalities to 125,562.

India has seen an overall steady dip in cases after touching nearly 100,000 a day in mid-September.

However, the daily cases in New Delhi crossed 7,000 for the first time after dropping to nearly 1,000 last month.

There's also been a spike in southern Kerala state with 7,002 new cases.

New Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain attributed the jump to more aggressing tracing and testing.

The government warned that the situation can worsen as people crowd markets for festival shopping, coupled with the onset of winter and high air pollution levels in the capital.

India’s daily recoveries have been outnumbering new infections for a month now. - AP
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