46,232 new cases push India's COVID-19 tally to 90.50 lakh

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a woman to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected in a market in Ahmedabad

With 585 new deaths, the cumulative toll mounted to 1,31,578.Meanwhile, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said he was confident that COVID-19 vaccine would be ready in the next three-four months and added that the priority to provide the same to 135 crore Indians would be based on scientific evaluation.

India has crossed the grim milestone of 9 million coronavirus cases, with 45,882 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry says.

Sixty-three million Indians came into contact with Covid-19 by mid-September, according to a sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), indicating an infection rate ten times higher than official figures at the time.

Delhi saw a huge rise in infections, while Rajasthan saw a record single-day spike.

There have always been concerns that the majority of cases were being missed in India, where only £1.50 is spent per person on healthcare, one of the lowest in the world.

A shopkeeper wears a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus waits for customers at a market in Bengaluru India

The total active cases now stand at 4,43,794 after an increase of 491 in the last 24 hours.

The order comes a day after the Centre rushed high-level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur to visit districts reporting high number of cases and support those States' control efforts.

A total of 5,35,167 people have been fined for violating social distancing norms, not wearing masks or spitting in public places.

The capital New Delhi is, however, witnessing an enormous increase in new cases. The death toll has climbed to 7,873, while 4,11,759 patients have recovered.

Statewise - the worst-hit continues to be Maharashtra with 17,63,055 confirmed cases, followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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