India’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 9 million

India’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 9 million

NEW DELHI: India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed nine million on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency quoted the federal health ministry.

With 45,882 new COVID-19 cases across the country, the tally reached 9,004,365, while the death toll amounted to 132,162 and 584 more patients died, the official data showed.

443,794 active cases are reported in the country, while 8,428,409 people have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

The Indian government is ramping up the COVID-19 testing facilities in the country. Until Thursday, 129,591,786 tests had been done, out of which 1,083,397 tests were conducted on Thursday alone.

Over the past few days, the capital city of Delhi has been witnessing a sudden surge in new cases.

The Delhi government has implemented strict measures to contain the surge, including raising the monetary fine to 2,000 Indian rupees (around US$27) and also restricting the number of guests to 50 in wedding functions from 200 earlier.

According to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, there are a total of 42,458 COVID-19 cases in the capital, even as more beds, including intensive care unit (ICU) beds, are being arranged to accommodate more patients in the coming days.

In a related development, night curfew has been imposed in Ahmedabad city in western state Gujarat with effect from Friday to curb the virus spread.