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India on Monday reported 281,386 fresh Covid-19 cases to take total infections to 24,965,463, according to data from the health ministry. The country recorded 4,106 deaths in the last 24 hours to take total fatalities to 274,390. New cases fell below 300,000 after 25 days as the country seeks to scale up vaccinations.

 

The number of active cases came down to 3,516,997 from Sunday’s 3,618,458. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday discussed the Covid-19 situation with chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Puducherry over a phone call.

The world’s worst coronavirus outbreak is set to stretch the already strained budgets of Indian states, making it more costly to borrow just when they need the money to cushion their economies.

 

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 163,701,233 infected by the deadly contagion. While 143,311,567 have recovered, 3,392,802 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,713,438, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,387,154, followed by the Brazil (439,985) and US (231,419).