India records 36,595 new coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab from a man during a testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a residential area in Ahmedabad, India, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photo

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by less than 40,000 for the fifth straight day, health ministry data showed on Friday, with 36,595 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

India’s daily rate has fallen since the south Asian nation reported the world’s highest such tallies through most of August and September, despite a busy festival season last month that experts had warned could trigger a spike in infections.

Its tally is now at 9.57 million and remains the world’s second-highest after the United States, where there have been nearly 14 million infections.

Deaths in India rose by 540, the ministry said, with the total now at 139,188.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Sam Holmes