New Delhi: India witnessed another huge spike in daily coronavirus count with 9,983 people testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country zoomed to 256,611.

According to the updated figures on Monday (June 8), by the Union health ministry, the country has recorded 7,135 deaths so far. While 1,25,381 cases are still active, 1,24,094 people have been cured/ discharged so far.

According to the updated data, Maharashtra continues to lead the tally with a total of 85,975 cases, of which 43,601 are active and 39,314 are cured/ discharged. The state has witnessed a death toll of 3,060. Delhi has the second-highest number of cases at 16,229.

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Notably, the latest single-day spike in cases is the third straight spike of over 9,000 cases in a day. With the latest surge in cases, it has already become the fifth worst coronavirus-hit country in the world, overtaking both Spain and Italy. Only the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of India, in that order.

On Monday, malls, restaurants, hotels and places of worship opened across the country, albeit with SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) in place, more than two months after these were shut as part of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, which has been in effect since March 25.

In kicking off what is called Unlock-1.0 phase of restoring normalcy post-COVID-19 though religious places have been reopened, large gatherings or congregations continue to remain prohibited even as all the establishments have been asked to adhere to strict social distancing norms.

However, for now, the lockdown has been restricted only to containment zones, where it shall be in effect till at least June 30.