India overtook Iran to become one of the 10 worst-hit nations as it recorded the biggest single-day jump in the number of coronavirus positive cases for the fourth consecutive day today with 6,977 new patients across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to nearly 1.38 lakh cases.
The number of Covid-19 linked deaths has crossed the 4,000-mark with 154 afflicted persons succumbing nationwide in a single day, our New Delhi correspondent reports.
The spike in the number of cases came amid easing of the ongoing two-month-old nationwide lockdown announced by the government and on a day when domestic air travel resumed this morning in a graded manner.
The resumption of the domestic air passenger traffic after a two-month break saw hundreds of people, including students, paramilitary and army personnel and migrants catching the early morning flights from New Delhi to their hometowns and workplaces.
Meanwhile, the number of novel coronavirus infections in West Bengal rose by the highest margin of 208 new cases in the last 24 hours till Sunday evening, taking the tally to 3,667, the state Health Department said in a late night bulletin.
Of the 208 more people who tested positive for Covid-19, 52 were in Kolkata and 48 in Howrah.
Three people -- two in Kolkata and one in Howrah -- have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, raising the death toll due to the pandemic to 200, the department said.