India recorded 27,114 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours on July 11, taking the total to 820,915, including 22,123 deaths, as local authorities re-imposed lockdowns in many states across the country.
India now has the world’s third-largest outbreak, behind only the United States and Brazil in confirmed cases.
However, the lockdown was not imposed in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, which have been the worst-affected by the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country, in a meeting attended by Interior Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and other senior officials of the central government.
Modi’s government, anxious to jump-start the economy stung by the pandemic, is keen to put millions of people back to work. In early June the government eased some of the three-month-long strict lockdown restrictions imposed on the 1.3 billion population.
But rising new flare-ups of the virus has been forcing some major industrial towns and states to re-impose localized restrictions.