The Latest: September worst month for pandemic in India

NEW DELHI — India has reported 86,821 new coronaviruses cases and another 1,181 fatalities, making September its worst month of the pandemic.

The Health Ministry’s update raises India’s total to more than 6.3 million and 98,678 dead. India added 41% of its confirmed cases and 34% of fatalities in September alone.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

© Provided by Associated Press FILE – In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 7.2 million people have been infected.

The government announced further easing of restrictions Oct. 15. Cinemas, theaters and multiplexes can open with up to half of seating capacity, and swimming pools can also be used by athletes in training.

The government also said India’s 28 states can decide on reopening of schools and coaching institutions gradually after Oct. 15. However, the students will have the option of attending online classes.

North Korean defector Han Hong-geun, left, and his family members pay respect to their ancestors in North Korea to celebrate the Chuseok, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The government has discouraged people from visiting their hometowns for the Chuseok holiday amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

© Provided by Associated Press North Korean defector Han Hong-geun, left, and his family members pay respect to their ancestors in North Korea to celebrate the Chuseok, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The government has discouraged people from visiting their hometowns for the Chuseok holiday amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

International commercial flights will remain suspended until Oct. 31. However, evacuation flights will continue to and from the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Japan and several other countries.

Holding a toy machine gun and wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a gay man perfoms for peace in front of a police car during a LGTBI Pride caravan in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. LGTBI organizations celebrated their Pride day with a caravan of vehicles because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

© Provided by Associated Press Holding a toy machine gun and wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a gay man perfoms for peace in front of a police car during a LGTBI Pride caravan in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. LGTBI organizations celebrated their Pride day with a caravan of vehicles because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Source: Apnews.com

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