India has reported a record rise in coronavirus infections, becoming only the second country after the United States to register more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as hospitals in its worst affected state are overrun by patients.
India’s daily COVID-19 cases have soared by 103,558, the biggest such daily increase, data from the health ministry showed on Monday, taking the total to 12.59 million.
The country added 478 new deaths, raising the total to 165,101.
India reported over 90,000 cases every day in September last year, when it saw a peak, including an all-time high of around 98,000 cases.
The numbers, however, declined until January this year.
The western state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, is the worst-hit, accounting for nearly half the cases reported on Sunday.
The Maharashtra government on Sunday evening announced new restrictions, including a night curfew and a weekend lockdown, to prevent the further spread of the virus.
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SOURCE: AL JAZEERA