India reports 62,224 new COVID-19 cases, 2,542 deaths

FILE PHOTO: A health official draws a dose of the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, at Infectious Diseases Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

BENGALURU (Reuters) – India reported on Wednesday 62,224 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed.

The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.63 million, while total fatalities are at 379,573, the data showed. India added 2,542 deaths overnight.

Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman