NEW DELHI, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,222,216 on Wednesday as 44,376 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.
According to the data, the death toll mounted to 134,699 as 481 COVID-19 patients died since Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday it was the first time in almost a week when daily spike of COVID-19 cases fell below 40,000-mark, and the daily deaths fell below 500-mark. However, the daily cases once again breached the 40,000-mark.
Delhi has seen a sudden spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases. As many as 6,224 new cases were registered and 109 people died here in the past 24 hours, showed the official data. The Indian capital still has 38,501 active cases.
There are still 444,746 active cases in the country, while 8,642,771 people have been discharged from hospitals after medical treatment, added the ministry's latest data.
The Indian government's focus has been on ramping up COVID-19 testing facilities across the country. Till Tuesday a total of 134,841,307 tests were conducted, out of which 1,159,032 tests were conducted on Tuesday alone, said the figures released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting with chief ministers of states via video-conferencing, to review the status and preparedness of COVID-19 response and management. Enditem