India reports record 126,789 new COVID-19 cases

Deaths rose by 685, taking the tally to 166,862

  
A man reacts as a healthcare worker collects a swab sample, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station, in New Delhi, India, April 7, 2021.

A man reacts as a healthcare worker collects a swab sample, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station, in New Delhi, India, April 7, 2021.

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NEW DELHI - India reported a record-high 126,789 new COVID-19 cases, health ministry data showed on Thursday, with much of the country struggling to contain a second surge in coronavirus infections.

Deaths rose by 685, taking the tally to 166,862, the data showed.

India's overall caseload reached 12.9 million, the third-most affected globally, behind the United States and Brazil.

(Reporting by Neha Arora and Nallur Sethuraman Editing by Shri Navaratnam) ((neha.dasgupta@tr.com;))

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