India's tally of coronavirus infections exceeds 8.9 million

A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a man, as others stand in a queue amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a wholesale market, in the old quarters of Delhi, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India recorded 38,617 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 8.9 million, health ministry data showed on Wednesday.

The south Asian nation’s infections are the second highest in the world after the United States, but they have slowed from a September peak, despite celebrations of several major festivals that authorities had feared could trigger a spike.

Deaths rose by 474 in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 130,993, the ministry added.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez