New Delhi: India steadily continues its downward trend in the coronavirus statistics with 63,517 new cases recorded on Tuesday, and 723 people have died in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are some of the worst-hit states in India and the number of total infections being recorded per day continues to be concerning in these states. The number of deaths this week hovered around 700 figures as compared to more than 1,000 deaths per day in the recent months. There is concern among the medical community that the incoming festive season might see a resurgence in the number of infections. The experts warn the public not to congregate in large numbers and avoid mass gatherings during the festive season as large groups would be super-spreader events. If the super spreader events do occur, the number of new infections would overwhelm the fragile medical care system in India.  The oncoming winter season would also provide challenges in facing the pandemic as the viruses tend to double up especially during winter months. With these forecasts, the Indian public are advised to stay indoors if possible, regularly wash hands, avoid mass gatherings and always wear a face mask when going outside. Social distancing is one of the key tools available for the individuals to prevent contact with the coronavirus. People are advised to maintain at least six feet of distance from other people. It was also advised by the medical community that carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a vital option in case of the unavailability of soap and water.

The death rate in India is low when compared to the United States and Brazil and reports of underreporting of the deaths occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic is concerning.