The Indian Ministry of Health has reported that 24,248 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the last day, so there are already 697,413 cumulative infections in the country, surpassing Russia, with just over 680,000, as the third most affected by the pandemic.

On the previous day, India had already reached its highest number of cases in a single day when it counted 24,850 infections and 613 deaths. This time, the number of deaths has been 425, bringing the total to 19,693. Of the 697,413 cases, 253,287 remain active and 424,432 are people who have managed to overcome the disease, according to authorities.

More than half of the infections detected in India are concentrated in three densely populated territories: Maharashtra, with 206,619; Tamil Nadu, with 111,151; and Delhi, where the authorities have put the number of cases at 99,444. In addition, the increase in cases in other areas of the south of the country, such as Telangana and Karnataka, has also contributed to the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, a total of seven states reported for the first time more than 1,000 cases in a single day, including Assam in the northeast of the country, whose latest 1,202 infections have been the largest peak in the region, according to its own governor, Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Thus, at a galloping rate of over 20,000 cases per day, the situation has worsened dramatically, especially after the reopening of shopping centres, offices and places of worship just over a month ago.

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