India reported another record daily jump of 83,883 coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking its tally to 3.85 million, just 100,000 behind Brazil, the world’s second most affected nation, Health Ministry data showed.
Asia’s worst-hit country has been posting the world’s largest daily caseload every day for almost a month, although deaths remain relatively low.
The Ministry said 1,043 people died from COVID-19, taking the toll to 67,376.
Meanwhile, a dozen metro services, including in the capital New Delhi, would be allowed to reopen from Sept. 7, Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown in March when the country was reporting fewer than 100 daily cases, winning praise from some experts for early action but warnings from others that the restrictions had been imposed too soon.
India’s economy shrank by nearly a quarter in April-June, data showed on Monday, much more than forecast and placing pressure on policymakers to kick-start growth, despite the high number of new cases.