India registered a staggering 26,506 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with the authorities re-imposing lockdowns in its most populated state and industrial hub, home to manufacturers, drug factories and brewers. New outbreaks have driven India’s total to nearly 800,000 outbreaks, the world’s third-largest epidemic, trailing only the United States and Brazil in reported infections.
More than 21,000 deaths have occurred in India since the first case was detected in January, as reported by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday. The capital, New Delhi, along with Maharashtra, home to Mumbai’s financial hub, and the southern state of Tamil Nadu, account for around 60 per cent of its assets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, anxious to jump-start an economy crippled by the epidemic and put millions of people back to work, in early June eased an initial lockdown of the 1.3 billion population imposed in March.
Skoda Car Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd, small auto manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms such as Ajanta Pharma have production units in Aurangabad, along with beer manufacturers such as Carlsberg and Heineken. India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, will be locked up for two days from late Friday, as more than 32,000 cases have arisen, the state government said in a statement.