India COVID-19 caseload goes past 9.1 million

New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 caseload went past 9.1 million with 44,059 coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 8,562,641, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

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The total coronavirus cases mounted to 9,139,865, while the death toll climbed to 133,738 with 511 new fatalities, including 121 from Delhi alone, the data updated at 8am showed.

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The number of active cases remained below 500,000 for the thirteenth consecutive day. There are 443,486 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 4.85 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

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The national recovery rate was recorded 93.68 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent.

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The 511 new fatalities include 121 from Delhi, 50 from Maharashtra, 49 from West Bengal, 35 from Uttar Pradesh, 27 from Kerala and 25 from Haryana.

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Supreme Court seeks response

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India’s Supreme Court on Monday said the COVID-19 situation in Delhi has worsened in the last two weeks and sought a status report from the Arvind Kejriwal government to examine the bottlenecks in connection with the pandemic management.

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The top court also pulled up other state governments – Gujarat and Maharashtra – over the worsening COVID-19 situation and asked them to file status reports.

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The court noted that in November there has been a spike in the COVID-19 cases across the country.

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The bench asked all states to file status reports in two days detailing steps taken, and also steps in the pipeline and the nature of assistance required from the Centre to build a robust response to address the pandemic.

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Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing Delhi government, submitted before the top court that an expert committee has been constituted and the government had informed the court about it in July. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the Centre has taken steps to improve the situation in Delhi.

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A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said: “The question is what is the present scenario. What efforts are you taking.”

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