The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19, reports AP.
India is still registering the highest number of daily cases globally but with the recovery rate at more than 83 percent, the number of those cured has surpassed 5.5 million, the government said.
India also has a low fatality rate of 1.56, which is nearly half the global one.
The Health Ministry credited the increased testing in the country for a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests so far, according to official data.
India is preparing to reopen cinemas and entertainment parks with limited capacity beginning Oct 15 in an effort to revive the economy.
Health experts have warned that the move has the potential for the virus to spread during the upcoming religious festival and winter season.
Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic in March.
There’s currently no vaccine available but a number of promising candidates are in the final stage of trial.
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