India police mask covid Amritsar
Policemen prepare to tie a mask on the face of a motorbike rider as they distribute facemasks to commuters during an awareness campaign for COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on December 20, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Mumbai: India has recorded 19,556 new cases of the coronavirus, according to health ministry data on Tuesday, its lowest daily increase since July 3.

The new infections took India’s total to 10.08 million, according to a Reuters tally.

Daily cases have been falling steadily in India since a peak in September, in spite of a busy festival season last month.

India has recorded the world’s second-highest number of infections, after the United States.

A total of 146,111 people have died of the coronavirus in India, with 301 deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.