India reports 68,020 covid cases and 291 deaths, biggest one-day surge since Oct

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India recorded 68,020 fresh coronavirus cases were over the past 24 hours, making it the biggest one-day surge since October, Union Health Ministry data indicate. This includes 291 deaths. The total number of active cases has risen by 35,498, it show.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 1.2 crore with 1,61,843 deaths recorded till now since the outbreak hit India in January 2020, NDTV reported.

According to the report, Maharashtra, which has officially warned of another lockdown given the resurgence of the infection, reported an overwhelming majority — 40,414 cases — of the total, along with 108 deaths. The state is already bracing for a shortfall in health care infrastructure. It has been placed under a strict night curfew since Saturday midnight.

The state has been reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases over the past few days. On Saturday, Mumbai reported its single-highest surge in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Delhi government has also re-applied restrictions on gatherings such as weddings and funerals amid a big spike.

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