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India’s Modi says quick steps needed to stop second COVID-19 peak

India needs to take quick and decisive steps soon to stop an emerging second “peak” of COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday (March 17).

“We will have to immediately stop the emerging second peak of coronavirus and for this, we will have to take quick and decisive steps, said Modi while interacting with state chief through video conferencing in New Delhi.

India’s daily coronavirus infections jumped by 28,903 on Wednesday data from the health ministry showed, for the highest increase since December 13 and taking the nationwide tally to 11.44 million.

Deaths swelled by 188, the highest figure in two months, to stand at 159,044.

India has the world’s highest tally of infections after the United States and Brazil.

Nearly 62% of infections in the past 24 hours and 46% of the deaths were reported by the western state of Maharashtra, the country’s worst affected.

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