India coronavirus cases jump by record as tally 3 million

India’s cases of novel coronavirus crossed the 3 million mark, the Ministry of Health data showed on saturday, as authorities struggle to check the spread of the pandemic across the world’s second-most populous nation.

The 69,878 new infections – the fourth straight day above 60,000 – take India’s total cases to 3 million, behind only the United States and Brazil. COVID-19 deaths increased by 945 to 55,794, data from the federal health ministry showed.

For most of western India, especially the financial capital Mumbai, the 11-day festival of Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesh is usually celebrated with big public gatherings.

Cases have plateaued in Mumbai, which now averages just above 1,000 a day and has recorded more than 134,000 in total. But strict pandemic regulations have meant the festival season, which begins this month, has been lacklustre.