India reported 36,470 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday in the past 24 hours, its lowest increase since July 17.
This marks the ninth consecutive day that the country has reported fewer than 60,000 new cases.
In contrast, the United States reported 66,784 new cases in the past 24 hours, nearly double India’s daily tally.
The total number of confirmed cases in India now stands at 7,946,429, according to the health ministry, of which 90% have recovered.
The country’s death toll is 119,502, 488 more than the previous day.
India saw its highest daily increase on Sept. 17, when it reported 97,894 new cases, the largest global increase in a single day.
Reopening phase: The recent drop comes as the country began lifting restrictions on the coronavirus last month.
On September 1st, India started “Unlock 4”. The subway ride was allowed to resume from September 7, and the limit for indoor social gatherings was raised to a maximum of 200 people from October 15.
Since October 15, schools and other educational institutions in different parts of the country such as Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have also gradually reopened.
The decision on what and when to reopen is made by state governments.