India has reported another jump in infections as the virus spreads to the country’s southern states. Officials have warned India’s busy festival season, which typically draws large crowds, could trigger new outbreaks.

India has registered another 24-hour jump in cases with 69,878 new infections, bringing the total close to 2,975,701, the Health Ministry said. COVID-19 deaths increased by 945 to 55,794. Worldwide, India has been reporting the biggest daily rise in cases for 18 consecutive days.

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Cases are slowing down in New Delhi and Mumbai, but spreading across India’s southern states. Health officials have warned India’s festival season could trigger new outbreaks of the virus.

Authorities are under pressure to impose restrictions on large gatherings as festival season is underway, including the 11-day festival of the Hindu god Ganesh. The religious festival is usually celebrated with big public gatherings.

South Korea is closing nightclubs, bars and churches as well as banning large gatherings and attendance at sports events. The new measures were announced by Health Minister Park Neung-hoo on Saturday, following the ninth consecutive day of triple-digit case increase.

Europe

Germany’s number of coronavirus infections increased by 2,034 to 232,082, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed. The reported death toll rose by 7 to 9,267.

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Russia registered 4,921 new coronavirus infections, driving its national tally to 951,897. Health authorities said 121 people had died of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 16,310.

Ukraine reported a record daily high of 2,328 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the country’s council of security and defense said. The tally surpassed the previous single-day record of 2,134. Ukraine has a total of 102,971 COVID-19 cases with 2,244 deaths.

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