India reports record jump in cases for seventh day
For a seventh consecutive day, India has reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases.
The country’s health ministry today confirmed 145,380 new infections, an increase of 6,535 from the day before, and 4,167 deaths.
But officials said the recovery rate had also risen above 40 per cent.
Most of the cases are concentrated in two neighbouring states in central India, Maharashtra, home to financial hub Mumbai, and Gujarat, prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
An uptick in cases has also been reported in some of India’s poorest eastern states as migrant workers returning to native villages from cities have begun arriving home on special trains.
India’s virus caseload has been climbing as lockdown restrictions have eased. Domestic flights resumed on Monday after a two-month hiatus, though at a fraction of normal capacity.