India has reported 1,990 new coronavirus cases on Sunday -- the highest single-day jump so far, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,496, according to its health ministry.
A total of 824 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in India, with the western state of Maharashtra -- home to India’s financial capital Mumbai -- being the worst-affected state with 7,628 cases and 323 deaths, the ministry said.
According to the India Council of Medical research (ICMR), a total of 625,309 samples have been tested as of Sunday.
India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday announced an extension of a ban on public gatherings until June 30, making it the first Indian state to have extended a ban on gatherings beyond the end of the nationwide lockdown on May 3.
On March 25, India entered a nationwide coronavirus lockdown which was further extended until May 3. The Indian government has since relaxed some of the restrictions to allow crop harvesting and for some non-essential stores to open up.