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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says laxity could lead to a new increase of infections, as 54,044 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the authorities in the past 24 hours, taking the number to 7.6 million.
717 additional deaths and a total of 115,914 were reported by the Health Ministry on Wednesday.
Even a small degree of carelessness will have adverse impacts.
Thus, let us keep reaffirming the importance of masks, social distancing (Do Gaj Ki Doori) and washing hands. pic.twitter.com/gLvKzk2sTM
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 20, 2020
Since last month, the death toll and new cases have been on the decline in India. Yet Modi advises people to continue wearing masks until a vaccine is available and to observe social distancing.
During the ongoing religious festival season that entails huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts, health officials have cautioned about the potential for the virus to spread.