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Covid-19 surges continue in India as caseload surpasses 6 million

The country witnessed another single-day spike of 70,589  new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday as announced by the Indian ministry of health.

A girl walks past a mural representing frontline warriors of the Covid-19 coronavirus, painted on the wall of a dumping ground in New Delhi on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Sajjad  HUSSAIN / AFP)

The Indian health ministry announced earlier on Tuesday that 70,589 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported from across the country to take the country's case count up to 6,145,292 million since the pandemic start, out of which 947576 are still active cases that are undergoing treatment.

5,101,398 people have been discharged from hospitals and isolation centres, while Covid-19 related deaths in India have reached 96,318 out of the global death tally that crossed the one million mark on Tuesday with the US, India, and Brazil comprising 45% of the reported deaths globally.

According to official figures released by governments, around 5,400 people succumb to Covid-19 infection every 24 hours, which means that one person dies of the virus every 16 seconds.

Mumbai reports more than 2,000 daily infections:

Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state during the pandemic has witnessed a recent drop in new cases reported while Mumbai is continuing to report more than 2,000 daily infections according to the data released Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mumbai on Monday when the state registered 2055 new cases. As of Monday Mumbai contained 26,660 active cases while the state's recovery rate was 82%.

These developments come at a time when the central government is expected to release the new (Unlock 5) guidelines as more lockdown restrictions are set to be lifted in October.