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India reports nearly 33,000 new coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Gurugram

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India reported 32,981 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Monday.

Cumulative cases now total 9.68 million, the second-highest tally in the world after the United States.

But health officials are drawing some encouragement that daily readings have stayed below the 50,000 mark for a month, inspite of a busy festival season that saw crowded markets and busy streets. The number peaked in September when more than 97,000 cases were reported on a single day.

Deaths rose by 391, with the total now 140,573, the health ministry said.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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