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Cases Soaring in New Delhi Ahead of Festival

November 12, 2020

NEW DELHI — Coronavirus infections are continuing to soar in India’s capital as the country heads into a festival weekend that sees large gatherings.

New Delhi reported 8,593 newly confirmed cases Thursday, up from 7,830 cases a day earlier as people crowd shopping areas ahead of Saturday’s observances of Diwali — an important Hindu festival of lights. The Delhi government projects that new coronavirus cases will be nearly 12,000 daily by the end of November.

India’s infections overall continue came in at 47,905 new cases, a rise from 44,281 cases reported Wednesday. The Health Ministry also reported 550 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 128,121.

India’s tally of more than 8.6 million confirmed cases is the second largest in the world behind the United States.

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