A vendor demonstrates the sterilisation process with an ultraviolet light device on auditorium seats in Bangalore on October 8, 2020 as cinemas prepare to reopen on October 15 at 50 percent seating capacity after closing due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA’s total coronavirus cases rose by 66,732 in the last 24 hours to 7.12 million on Monday(12), data from the health ministry showed.

Deaths from Covid-19 infections rose by 816 to 109,150, the ministry said.

On Sunday(11) the country’s total coronavirus infections topped 7 million as it added a million cases in just 13 days.

India reported its first Covid-19 infection of January 30.

It has the second-highest number of infections, behind the US which is approaching the 8 million mark.

Experts say the true number in India may be much higher, with testing rates in the country of 1.3 billion people — home to some of the planet’s most crowded cities — much lower than elsewhere in the world.

Meanwhile, British prime minister Boris Johnson, who himself spent time in hospital for the virus in April, is to outline a new three-tier lockdown system on Monday.

Local leaders bristled at the plans, with Manchester mayor Andy Burnham saying that “we will not surrender our residents to hardship this Christmas or our businesses to failure”.