India’s coronavirus infections near 7 million

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of a crowded marketplace during Mangal Bazar at Bhogal on September 15, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Streets are crowded despite directions from Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to ensure Social distancing norms. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of a crowded marketplace during Mangal Bazar at Bhogal on September 15, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Streets are crowded despite directions from Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to ensure Social distancing norms. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India has reported another 70,496 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total since the pandemic began to more than 6.9 million.

The Health Ministry on Friday also reported 964 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 106,490.

India is seeing infections spread at a slower pace than last month when daily infections touched a record high of 97,894 cases.

India is averaging more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month.

Since the pandemic began India has reported the second-most total cases in the world behind the United States.

Health experts have warned that congregations during major festivals later this month and in November have the potential for the virus to spread.

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