India reports 6,000 fresh infections within 24 hours

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India has reported 6,000 new cases of the coronavirus, the country’s biggest 24-hour rise since the pandemic began.

Figures on the new infections come as New Delhi eases the nationwide lockdown and some domestic flights resume.

On Friday, India reported over 118,000 confirmed cases – roughly a 5% increase from Thursday. A total of 3,853 people have died after contracting the virus.

Although the current lockdown, which began on March 25, has been extended to May 31 by prime minister Narendra Modi, rules have been relaxed in areas with lower case numbers.

State governments are also allowed to issue their own guidance on some matters.