India's daily COVID-19 infections hit six-month high

India's daily COVID-19 infections hit six-month high

Healthcare worker collects COVID-19 test swab sample from man in New Delhi
A healthcare worker collects a COVID-19 test swab sample from a man as others watch, at a temporary shelter for the homeless in New Delhi, India on Mar 31, 2021. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

MUMBAI: India's daily coronavirus infections hit another record on Saturday (Apr 3) for the highest tally since September, while daily deaths reached a five-month high, a Reuters count based on data from the health ministry showed.

The south Asian nation recorded 89,129 new infections and 714 deaths, the ministry said. That was the biggest single-day rise since Sep 20 last year and the most deaths since Oct 21, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have surged in India since the beginning of March, with its richest state of Maharashtra, home to the financial capital of Mumbai, the worst hit.

Late on Friday, the state's chief minister warned of a full lockdown to curb infections if people did not limit their movements.

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Source: Reuters/lk