India's COVID-19 tally nears 7.5 mln with 61,871 new cases

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NEW DELHI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 7,494,551 on Sunday even as 61,871 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest federal health ministry's data.

As many as 1,033 deaths since Saturday morning took the death toll to 114,031.

Still there are 783,311 active cases in the country, while 6,597,209 people have been successfully cured and discharged.

For the past two days the number of active COVID-19 cases has fallen below 800,000-mark, the first time in the past one and a half months.

The Indian government's focus has been on ramping up COVID-19 testing facilities across the length and breadth of the country. Till Saturday a total of 94,224,190 COVID-19 tests had been conducted, out of which 970,173 tests were conducted on Saturday alone, revealed the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Cinema halls, theatres and swimming pools were reopened in the country on Thursday after nearly seven months, amid strict COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and regular sanitisation drives.

As the pandemic broke out in the country, India remained under a strict 68-day lockdown beginning March 25.

India's COVID-19 graph has been sliding downwards over the past few days, as new cases have fallen to below-70,000 per day. Enditem

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