India's single-day Covid-19 total below 50,000 for three weeks

Children wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus participate in morning prayer at the Sangharsh Vidya Kendra school at a slum area on the outskirts of Jammu, India,. The school provides free education to underprivileged children two days a week. - AP

NEW DELHI, Nov 28 (AP): India’s coronavirus infections dipped further with 41,322 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, and apparently there was no signs of a resurgence as a result of a major festival two weeks ago.

The highest case count in the country this week was 44,739 on Wednesday. Single-day cases have remained below the 50,000-mark for three weeks.

The Indian capital also saw a drop in daily cases with 5,482 after recording an all-time high on Nov. 11.

The federal government blamed state authorities’ inability to ramp up testing and enforce social distancing for the surge in New Delhi.

On Saturday, India’s death toll rose to 136,200 with 485 additional fatalities.

In an effort to stop the virus from spreading, the Home Ministry has allowed states to impose local restrictions like night curfews but has asked them to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district or city levels.

As of Saturday night, the Covid-19 total has now reached 9,351,109. There are still 454,940 active cases in the country, while 8,759,969 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment, added the ministry's latest data.

Delhi's Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said that schools in Delhi would remain shut till a vaccine is available to ensure the safety of the students, reports Xinhua.

The federal government has been ramping up Covid-19 testing facilities across the country.

As of Friday a total of 137,062,749 tests were conducted, out of which 1,131,204 tests were conducted on Friday alone, said the figures released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday.

The country's Director General of Civil Aviation has decided to continue the suspension of international flights till the year-end due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting with chief ministers of all states via video-conferencing, to review the status and preparedness of COVID-19 response and management, with a special emphasis on eight high-focus states.

The high-focus states are namely Haryana, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal.
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