Photos: India’s Covid-19 tally closes in on 10 million infections

UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:34 AM IST
A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus testing in Gurugram on December 15. With 22,890 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 338 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India’s infection tally has gone up to 9,979,447, according to the Union health ministry’s data on December 18. (PArveen Kumar / HT Photo)
People queue outside a collection kiosk as a health worker collects swab samples at Sector 30 District Hospital in Noida on December 15. As cumulative cases of the respiratory disease close in on 10 million, the addition of 31,087 new discharges in the previous 24 hours has also taken the number of total recoveries past 9.5 million. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
Health workers in protective suit use a heater to keep themselves warm as they work to test people for coronavirus infection in Srinagar on December 16. “With focused strategy and proactive as well as calibrated measures of the Union Government along with the States and UTs, India has sustained a very high Recovery Rate along with rapidly declining Active Cases and low mortality rate,” the health ministry had said on December 17. (Mukhtar Khan / AP)
A woman and child wearing face masks while out on a winter day at Connaught Place in New Delhi on December 17. The ministry also said that India’s recovery rate is among the highest in the world. “While the global figure for Recovery Rate is 70.27%, India is recording 95.31%. USA, Brazil, Russia, and Italy are reporting lesser recovery rates,” it said. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
People warm themselves around a bonfire made using gunny bags on a cold winter morning at Ghazipur vegetable market in New Delhi on December 17. At 3,13,831 as on December 18, India’s active cases are less than 1/30th the amount of total recoveries made so far, the health ministry said. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
A man dressed as Santa Claus sanitizes a bus during a Covid-19 awareness drive at Sion in Mumbai on December 17. The country added 338 case fatalities from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. Ten States and union territories account for 75.15% of new deaths, of which Maharashtra added the most with 65. India has kept daily deaths below 500 for almost a fortnight now. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
A health worker prepares swabs at a Covid-19 test site in New Delhi on December 16. Data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 15,89,18,646 samples had been tested for Covid-19 up to December 17 and of these 11,13,406 samples were tested on the same say. (T Narayan / Bloomberg)
A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection in New Delhi on December 17. India has recorded the world’s second-highest number of infections behind the United States, but numbers have dipped steadily since hitting a peak in September. Daily cases were below 30,000 for the fifth straight day on December 18. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus testing in Gurugram on December 15. With 22,890 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 338 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India’s infection tally has gone up to 9,979,447, according to the Union health ministry’s data on December 18. (PArveen Kumar / HT Photo)

People queue outside a collection kiosk as a health worker collects swab samples at Sector 30 District Hospital in Noida on December 15. As cumulative cases of the respiratory disease close in on 10 million, the addition of 31,087 new discharges in the previous 24 hours has also taken the number of total recoveries past 9.5 million. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Health workers in protective suit use a heater to keep themselves warm as they work to test people for coronavirus infection in Srinagar on December 16. “With focused strategy and proactive as well as calibrated measures of the Union Government along with the States and UTs, India has sustained a very high Recovery Rate along with rapidly declining Active Cases and low mortality rate,” the health ministry had said on December 17. (Mukhtar Khan / AP)

A woman and child wearing face masks while out on a winter day at Connaught Place in New Delhi on December 17. The ministry also said that India’s recovery rate is among the highest in the world. “While the global figure for Recovery Rate is 70.27%, India is recording 95.31%. USA, Brazil, Russia, and Italy are reporting lesser recovery rates,” it said. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

People warm themselves around a bonfire made using gunny bags on a cold winter morning at Ghazipur vegetable market in New Delhi on December 17. At 3,13,831 as on December 18, India’s active cases are less than 1/30th the amount of total recoveries made so far, the health ministry said. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A man dressed as Santa Claus sanitizes a bus during a Covid-19 awareness drive at Sion in Mumbai on December 17. The country added 338 case fatalities from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. Ten States and union territories account for 75.15% of new deaths, of which Maharashtra added the most with 65. India has kept daily deaths below 500 for almost a fortnight now. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

A health worker prepares swabs at a Covid-19 test site in New Delhi on December 16. Data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 15,89,18,646 samples had been tested for Covid-19 up to December 17 and of these 11,13,406 samples were tested on the same say. (T Narayan / Bloomberg)

A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection in New Delhi on December 17. India has recorded the world’s second-highest number of infections behind the United States, but numbers have dipped steadily since hitting a peak in September. Daily cases were below 30,000 for the fifth straight day on December 18. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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India recorded 22,890 new coronavirus infections, the health ministry said on December 18, taking the overall tally to just 20,000 short of the 10-million mark. India has recorded the world's second-highest number of infections behind the United States, but numbers have dipped steadily since hitting a peak in September. Daily cases were below 30,000 for the fifth straight day on December 18.

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