The Latest: India reports record 95,735 new virus infections
NEW DELHI — India has recorded another one day record increase in new coronavirus infections, logging 95,735 new cases.
According to the Health Ministry, India’s number of recorded infections since the pandemic began reached 4,465,863 on Thursday, while total fatalities rose to 75,062 after another 1,172 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The ministry said the surge in new infections is due to ramping of daily testing, with more than 1 million tests now being run each day. India’s recovery rate from the illness is now 77.7%.
Experts caution that India’s outbreak is entering a more dangerous phase as the virus spreads to smaller towns and villages.
With the economy contracting by a record 23.9% in the April-June quarter leaving millions jobless, the Indian government is continuing with relaxing lockdown restrictions that were imposed in late March.
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The elevated social distancing rules in the Seoul area are to expire Sunday, and the government is to announce whether to extend them.
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