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India's COVID cases dip sharply but fears of resurgence surface

Experts warn of another 'explosion' of infections as crowds hit streets

People shop at a roadside vegetable market in Ahmedabad, India, on June 15 after authorities eased coronavirus restrictions following a drop in COVID-19 cases.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- With India witnessing a significant drop in COVID-19 infections and authorities easing lockdown restrictions, people have started thronging markets and train stations. Many can be seen defying social distancing rules, triggering fears that the country could face another serious wave of the pandemic.

From a high of over 400,000 daily cases in early May, when a deadly second wave of the pandemic ravaged the country, new infections have fallen below 100,000 per day recently. On Thursday, India posted 67,208 new cases, bringing its total caseload to 29.7 million with 381,903 fatalities.

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