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India on Monday reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with the country crossing 100,000 infections for the first time.

There have been 103,558 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the Department of Health.

India’s national count was more than 5,500 cases higher than the previous high of 97,894 reported on September 17 last year.

Another 478 deaths brought the death toll to 165,101.

India is grappling with the second wave of COVID-19, which is triggered by an increase in infections in the country’s richest state, Maharashtra, which has accounted for 57,074 cases.

Amid fears that the health care system was strapped for capacity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting to review the situation and teams of experts were dispatched to Maharashtra and the two other most affected states.

Maharashtra authorities have announced new restrictions, including a nighttime curfew in the state and a “strict lockdown” on weekends, in place from 8:00 p.m. Friday until 7:00 a.m. Monday to combat the outbreak. virus.

Several affected states also reintroduced previously relaxed restrictions, including closing educational institutions and limiting the number of weddings and social events.

The government is also continuing its vaccination program, which was opened to all people over the age of 45 last week.

The country aims to vaccinate more than 300 million people by the end of July.

India has recorded the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.

(NAN)

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