India has now recorded 697,413 COVID-19 cases making it become the country with the third-highest COVIS-19 cases in the world after the United States and Brazil
The country, on Monday, announced that more than 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
It has so far recorded 19,693 deaths.
The latest surge in numbers has also been powered by a rise in cases from a handful of southern states, including Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
India reopened shopping centres, places of worship and offices a month ago.
For the last three days, India’s caseload has galloped at an alarming rate, adding more than 20,000 daily infections per day.
Although India has the third highest number of cases, it is eighth in fatalities, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Southern Indian states had earlier managed to keep infections at bay.
India went into a stringent lockdown in March in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, whose numbers were only in the hundreds then.
The number of daily tests conducted has risen to about 250,000, according to local media.
Various states and cities have scaled up testing facilities and Delhi, for example, has focused heavily on antigen testing recently.
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