India’s total COVID-19 infections cross 9 million

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BENGALURU: India crossed the grim milestone of 9 million coronavirus cases, with 45,882 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday (Nov 20).

India is only the second country to cross 9 million coronavirus infections, after the United States, but cases have slowed down in the country after hitting a peak in September.

Deaths rose by 584, with the total now at 132,162, the health ministry said.

Government officials and experts have warned that the country could still see a spike after the festival of Deepavali was celebrated this month.

In the National Capital Territory of Delhi, officials quadrupled the fines dished out for people not wearing face masks to 2,000 rupees (US$27) on Thursday

“At times when words alone don’t do the trick, we have to get a bit tougher,” Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news conference, also tweeting that the city of 20 million was on a “war footing”.

Almost 500,000 people have been fined since June for not wearing masks, 370,000 for ignoring social distancing rules and 3,500 for spitting in Delhi.

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