People are seen in a crowded vegetable market after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Siliguri on May 4, 2020. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP) (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA reported 2,500 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours in the country. With this the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has climbed to 42,533 on Monday (4). The death toll has increased to 1,373 as India recorded 72 deaths in last 24 hours.

For the past few days, the death toll due to the deadly infection remains over 70 per day, shows health ministry data. Starting from Monday, many states eased restrictions in the ongoing lockdown.  Earlier, the central government extended the nationwide lockdown till May 17.

There are 29,453 active coronavirus patients in the country. As many as 11,706 people were recovered from the disease.

Delhi saw the sharpest hike in fresh cases as 427 people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Sunday (3). The coronavirus count in the national capital has zoomed to 4,549. There were 64 COVID-19-related deaths in the state.

Maharashtra continued to record high numbers, 678 new cases. The death toll in the state has crossed 500-mark. Maharashtra was the only state in India to report more than 12,000 coronavirus cases.

In Gujarat, 394 coronavirus cases were registered in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state stood at 5,428.

Tamil Nadu witnessed a sharp jump in coronavirus cases as 266 fresh cases were confirmed on Sunday. With this, the state’s COVID-19 count reached 3,023.

Punjab saw its highest number of fresh cases in a single day on Sunday. The state recorded 330 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours. The COVID-19 cases in Punjab rose to 1,102.

India entered the third phase of nationwide lockdown on May 4. The Indian government classified the entire country in red, orange and green zones based on the number of coroanvirus cases from that area. Several norms were relaxed in the least-affected areas.

More than 3.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus, including at least 247,000 deaths have been recorded worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University. The US confirmed over 1.1 million cases and 67,000 COVID-19 related deaths.