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India adds over 28,000 new coronavirus cases

A Kashmiri man waits to pass on a bag of vegetables through a barricade erected as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 12, 2020. India is the world's third worst-affected country by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India reported another record surge of coronavirus infections on Monday, adding 28,701 new cases over the previous 24 hours.

    Authorities in several cities are reinstating strict lockdowns after attempting to loosen things up to revive an ailing economy.

    The new cases raised the national total to 878,254. The Health Ministry also reported another 500 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 23,174.

    New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune are among the key Indian cities witnessing a surge in infections. Several states introduced weekend curfews and announced strict lockdowns in high-risk areas to slow down infections.

    India is third in total coronavirus caseload, behind only the United States and Brazil.

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