India has recorded more than 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Russia.

The country now has the third-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 697,413. There have been 19,693 deaths and 424,432.

India went into a stringent lockdown in March in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, whose numbers were only in the hundreds then.

India reopened shopping centres, places of worship and offices a month ago.

It began to ease out of it in phases in June to promote economic activity, even as cases continued to spike.

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