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India reports over 5,000 new cases in largest single-day spike

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India recorded 5,242 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours — the country’s biggest single-day spike in confirmed infections.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 96,169, including 3,029 deaths, according to India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The state of Maharashtra — home to Mumbai — has reported the most cases, with 33,053 infections and 1,198 deaths.

India says it has ramped up its testing capacity and to date, more than 2.3 million people have been tested across the country, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

On Sunday, India announced it was extending its lockdown until the end of the month.

 

India has extended a nearly two-month-old lockdown by another two weeks with Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and other key regions still fighting to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections. The health ministry on Sunday reported a record jump of nearly 5,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the number of confirmed cases to 90,927, with 2,872 deaths.

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