India's total coronavirus infections cross nine million

A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in Noida, India, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India crossed the grim milestone of 9 million coronavirus cases, with 45,882 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.

India is only the second country to cross 9 million coronavirus infections, after the United States, but cases have slowed down in the country after hitting a peak in September.

Deaths rose by 584, with the total now at 132,162, the health ministry said.

Government officials and experts have warned that the country could still see a spike after the festival of Diwali was celebrated this month.

Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman