Photos: India crosses eight million coronavirus cases

India on October 29 passed eight million coronavirus cases. The world's second-worst-hit country is bracing for a possible second wave ahead of winter and as a series of religious festivals draw closer. There have now been 8,040,203 cases and 120,527 deaths across the country, according to the latest figures put out by the Union Health Ministry. Globally, only the United States has been hit harder by the coronavirus with 9.1 million cases of infection and more than 230,000 deaths.

Updated On Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST
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An illustration of the novel coronavirus seen next to a health care worker at a Covid-19 testing centre in New Delhi on October 28. India’s Covid-19 tally crossed eight million cases on October 29, after the country logged almost 50,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 8,040,203, according to the Union Health Ministry’s daily bulletin. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST

An illustration of the novel coronavirus seen next to a health care worker at a Covid-19 testing centre in New Delhi on October 28. India’s Covid-19 tally crossed eight million cases on October 29, after the country logged almost 50,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 8,040,203, according to the Union Health Ministry’s daily bulletin. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A porter wearing a face mask navigates his way through a crowded market area in Bengaluru on October 29. Despite a steady decline in recent weeks from mid-September peaks just shy of the 100,000 mark, the number of daily cases logged in the last 24 hours at 49,881, marks a significant increase on the 36,470 cases reported two days ago, which was the lowest daily infection count since July 18. (Aija Rahi / AP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST

A porter wearing a face mask navigates his way through a crowded market area in Bengaluru on October 29. Despite a steady decline in recent weeks from mid-September peaks just shy of the 100,000 mark, the number of daily cases logged in the last 24 hours at 49,881, marks a significant increase on the 36,470 cases reported two days ago, which was the lowest daily infection count since July 18. (Aija Rahi / AP)

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Voters are thermal screened before proceeding to cast their votes in the during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Patna on October 28. A stringent nationwide lockdown imposed in March has gradually been eased and life across the country is edging back to pre-virus levels with lockdowns now restricted only to containment zones. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)
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Voters are thermal screened before proceeding to cast their votes in the during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Patna on October 28. A stringent nationwide lockdown imposed in March has gradually been eased and life across the country is edging back to pre-virus levels with lockdowns now restricted only to containment zones. (Parwaz Khan / HT Photo)

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Motorists drive past a fallen billboard on coronavirus awareness in Dharmshala on October 29. India has one of the world’s lowest death rates with fatalities at 1.5% of total Covid-19 cases and the slowing number of new infections has been regularly highlighted. Authorities are nevertheless cautious of a new surge after Diwali, which is among the country’s most important religious festival, on November 14. (Ashwini Bhatia / AP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST

Motorists drive past a fallen billboard on coronavirus awareness in Dharmshala on October 29. India has one of the world’s lowest death rates with fatalities at 1.5% of total Covid-19 cases and the slowing number of new infections has been regularly highlighted. Authorities are nevertheless cautious of a new surge after Diwali, which is among the country’s most important religious festival, on November 14. (Ashwini Bhatia / AP)

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A man grimaces as a health worker collects a swab sample to test for Covid-19, in New Delhi on October 29. The situation in the capital New Delhi also appears on an upswing with 5,673 new cases on October 28, its highest daily figure since the outbreak of the pandemic. Officials have warned that the city could see more than 10,000 cases a day in the next wave, AFP reports. (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)
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A man grimaces as a health worker collects a swab sample to test for Covid-19, in New Delhi on October 29. The situation in the capital New Delhi also appears on an upswing with 5,673 new cases on October 28, its highest daily figure since the outbreak of the pandemic. Officials have warned that the city could see more than 10,000 cases a day in the next wave, AFP reports. (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)

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A health worker look out from a sample collection window at a Covid-19 testing facility in Chandigarh on October 27. While businesses and theatres have slowly started to reopen, schools and colleges remain shut in most cities. Gatherings for upcoming festivals, the advent of colder temperatures and the annual winter pollution crisis loom as causes of a spurt in infections. (Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST

A health worker look out from a sample collection window at a Covid-19 testing facility in Chandigarh on October 27. While businesses and theatres have slowly started to reopen, schools and colleges remain shut in most cities. Gatherings for upcoming festivals, the advent of colder temperatures and the annual winter pollution crisis loom as causes of a spurt in infections. (Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)

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People seen violating social distancing norms in a marketplace in New Delhi on October 28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned the population in recent speeches that they are being “careless” in giving up social distancing and other precautions. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)
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People seen violating social distancing norms in a marketplace in New Delhi on October 28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned the population in recent speeches that they are being “careless” in giving up social distancing and other precautions. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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A man wearing a face mask prepares to alight from a bus in Kochi on October 29. Dr. T. Jacob John, a retired virologist, told the AP that the ongoing festival season was likely to increase the speed of the viral spread, resulting in localized outbreaks where people gathered without masks and didn’t adhere to social distancing. (R S Iyer / AP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 11:25 AM IST

A man wearing a face mask prepares to alight from a bus in Kochi on October 29. Dr. T. Jacob John, a retired virologist, told the AP that the ongoing festival season was likely to increase the speed of the viral spread, resulting in localized outbreaks where people gathered without masks and didn’t adhere to social distancing. (R S Iyer / AP)

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