India recorded another daily record of 7,964 new coronavirus cases and 265 deaths in the last 24 hours, authorities reported today, just before the government-mandated two-month quarantine ended tomorrow.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said that the total number of confirmed cases rose to 173,763, with 4,971 deaths and 82,369 recovered from the disease.

More than 70% of the cases in the country of 1.3 billion inhabitants are concentrated in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an open letter on the first anniversary of his second term, said that India was on the way to victory in its fight against the new virus.

He stressed that India “will be an example of economic recovery” and called on the nation to show “firm determination,” the BBC reported.

The federal government is expected to publish a guidebook with directives in the next few hours, possibly extending the quarantine, which should expire tomorrow, in the most affected areas.

India began to gradually relax its quarantine earlier in the month, allowing the reopening of shops and industries and the resumption of some rail services and domestic flights.

Subways, schools, hotels and restaurants are still closed throughout the country.

India has already overtaken China, the country where the pandemic originated, both in the number of coronavirus cases and in deaths caused by the virus.

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