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COVID-19: India adds over 28,000 new coronavirus cases

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COVID-19: India adds over 28,000 new coronavirus cases
Copyright  Anupam Nath/AP   -   An Indian health worker waits to collect nasal swab samples at a COVID-19 testing center in Gauhati, Assam state, India, Sunday, July 12, 2020.
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India reported another record surge of coronavirus infections on Monday, adding 28,701 new cases over the previous 24 hours.

Authorities in several cities are reinstating strict lockdowns after attempting to loosen things up to revive an ailing economy.

The new cases raised the national total to 878,254. The Health Ministry also reported another 500 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 23,174.

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune are among the key Indian cities witnessing a surge in infections. Several states introduced weekend curfews and announced strict lockdowns in high-risk areas to slow down infections.

India is third in total coronavirus caseload, behind only the United States and Brazil.