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India’s new COVID-19 cases rise by 45,083

Commuters wait in a queue to have their temperature checked amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a railway station in Mumbai

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India reported 45,083 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, according to data from the health ministry, driven by surging cases in the southern state of Kerala.

The country’s COVID-19 cases stood at about 32.7 million, with deaths rising by 460 to 437,830 in the last 24 hours, data showed.

In Kerala, where cases have spiked in the wake of a major festival, the state government reported 31,265 new infections late on Saturday – comprising nearly 70% of the country’s total new daily cases.

The state plans to lock down hard-hit areas and restrict public movement to mainly essential services and emergencies, according to an order issued on Saturday.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Michael Perry and William Mallard)

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