44,684 new cases bring Covid total in India to 87.73 Lakh


Coronavirus cases in India: The number of new cases reported was 0.4% lower than on Friday. (Representative)

New Delhi:

India has recorded 44,684 fresh coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, bringing its total of COVID-19 so far to 87.73 lakh, according to government data released on Saturday morning.

The number of new reported Covid cases was 0.4% lower than on Friday.

During that period, some 520 people have died fighting the novel coronavirus disease, which has so far claimed 1,29,188 in India.

The total number of active cases dropped to 4.8 lakh as the number of recoveries remained higher than new infections, albeit with a margin that appears to be narrowing.

Total recoveries amounted to over 81.6 lakh as nearly 48,000 patients battled the viral disease in the past 24 hours.

Here are the live updates on the coronavirus cases:

Coronavirus brakes tighten in Europe as global deaths reach 1.3 million

A series of new restrictions aimed at reducing a second wave of coronavirus infections were announced or took effect from Austria to Greece, from Italy to Portugal on Saturday as the global death toll surpassed 1.3 million.

More than 53 million people have been infected globally with Covid-19, which is rampant across America and Europe, forcing governments to take more drastic action despite the potential economic devastation.

Austria has joined a growing trend announcing the closure of schools and non-essential stores from Tuesday, after imposing a partial lockdown two weeks ago.

“There are still many who say that infections do not happen at school, in stores or in wards,” Chancellor Sébastien Kurtz said.


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