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India witnesses worst-ever spike of 42% rise COVID cases, 34% deaths in September

New Delhi: As India continues to witness the surge in novel Coronavirus cases, the month of September has added 42% of infectious cases and 34% of deaths in the country, accounting for the highest number of deaths, a report by Times of India said.

India’s COVID death toll has reached up to 98,628 in which around 33,255 of these deaths (33.7% of the total casualties) were recorded in September.

It has exceeded the previous worst months, August recorded (28,859) deaths, July accounted for (19,122) deaths and June and May for (11,988) and (4,267) deaths respectively.

In September, Karnataka becomes a third-worst affected state in India after Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to record six lakh cases. A day after breaching the 10,000 marks for the first time, 8,856 new cases were registered on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, India recorded 86,821 new coronavirus cases and 1,181 deaths, taking its COVID infectious tally to over 63-lakh mark.

According to the Health Ministry of India, the country now has 63,12,585 cases of coronavirus, including 9,40,705 active cases, 52.7 lakh recoveries and 98,678 deaths.

The Ministry said that India’s average COVID testing has been increased to conduct more than 15 lakh tests per day, and has exceeded the 140/day/million tests as advised by the World Health Organisation by more than 5 times.

In the meantime, schools and colleges in India, shut since March because of coronavirus lockdown, will be allowed to re-open from October 15, the government of India said while announcing the next phase of the lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions.

 

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