Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2020

India reports another daily rise of 86,508 coronavirus cases; tally crosses 5.7 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another 86,508 new coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees little merit in imposing even short local lockdowns.

Indians wearing a face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk at a vegetables market in Jammu, India, Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

India now has confirmed more than 5.7 million cases and India’s COVID-19 count reached 57,32,519 on Thursday, the second-most in the world.

The Health Ministry also said Thursday that 1,129 more people have died, for a total of 91,149.

India’s junior Railways Minister Suresh Angadi died on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he was admitted to a New Delhi hospital with COVID-19.

He was the first federal minister and the fourth Indian lawmaker to die from the disease.

Modi on Wednesday decried short, local lockdowns imposed in some places and said the country needs to not only keep fighting the virus, but also move ahead boldly on the economic front.

He asked states to focus on testing, tracing, treatment and surveillance. He said lockdown restrictions hit smooth movement of goods and services, including medical supplies.


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