India coronavirus: Daily case rise surpasses 100,000 for the first time as country faces surging second wave

India added more than 103,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, the first time its daily increase in infections has entered six figures, as a key state entered a new lockdown amid a surging second wave.

Of the new cases reported on Monday morning, 57,700 were in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, which ordered non-essential shops to shut from today and began enforcing an evening and weekend curfew, as well as a ban on large gatherings.

The national case total has been pushed past 12.59 million, fast catching up with Brazil which has the second-highest caseload of 13 million infections.

India now has 741,830 active cases across the country and has recorded 165,101 Covid-related deaths, according to health ministry data.

Previously, India hit its highest single-day spike during the first wave on 17 September, when 97,894 infections were recorded in a day.

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