Devotees wearing protective face masks gather to perform Tarpana, a religious ritual, on the banks of the Ganges river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during the auspicious day of Mahalaya, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Howrah on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, September 17, 2020. REUTERS
India recorded 96,424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 5.2 million, data from the federal health ministry showed on Friday.
India has been posting the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and seems on course to cross the United States as the country with the most number of cases.
Deaths in India have been relatively low, and it has a fatality rate of 1.62%.
On Friday, the health ministry said 1,174 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total mortalities from the disease to 84,372.