A person wearing mask amid worsening air pollution and coronavirus situation in Delhi Photograph:( Reuters )
India added 547 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 128,668 as the overall case tally stands at 8,728,795
India recorded 44,879 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours as it continues to witness less than 50,000 cases, but concerns remain in Delhi and adjoining regions.
As per the latest updates by the health ministry, India added 547 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 128,668 as the overall case tally stands at 8,728,795.
The daily coronavirus figures in the country are on a decline, but national capital is seeing a record surge in cases due to worsening air quality and the arrival of festival season.
Delhi's daily death toll rose to 104 on Thursday, its highest in more than five months.
The October-November period for the past few years has become a challenge for Delhi and its adjacent northern Indian regions as air quality becomes severe due to burning of farm residues and factors like industrial pollution, winters contribute to air pollution.
Meanwhile, 8,115,580 people have recuperated from the deadly virus in the country, pushing the overall recovery rate to 92.97 per cent.
Globally, there are 52,151,580 cases of Covid-19 and the death toll has risen to 1,285,160, as per an AFP tally updated at 1100 GMT on Thursday.