Asia Today: India has another 75,800 cases, recovery high

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An Indian woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus speaks during a protest condemning the alleged gang rape and killing of a Dalit woman, in Bengaluru, India, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. India is the second worst-nation in terms of confirmed coronavirus caseload with 6.5 million cases. More than 100,000 people have died because of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

SEOUL – India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 total fatalities.

The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

India is still registering the highest number of daily cases globally but with the recovery rate at more than 83%, the number of those recovered has surpassed 5.5 million, the Health Ministry said.

India also has the low fatality rate of 1.56%, which is nearly half the global one.

The Health Ministry credited the increased testing in the country for a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests so far, according to official data.

India is preparing to reopen cinemas and entertainment parks with limited capacity beginning Oct. 15, in an effort to revive the economy. Health experts warn the move has the potential for the virus to spread during the upcoming religious festival and winter season.

India is also making plans for an eventual vaccine, with officials saying they hope to immunize at least 250 million of the country's 1.4 billion people by July 2021.

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said Sunday that the government will ensure “equitable access” to a vaccine and is in the process of identifying high-risk groups that will be the first in line to receive it.