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Pigeons are seen on a street during the lockdown imposed by local government due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, in Bangalore, India, July 12, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

The Indian federal health ministry said 553 new deaths and 28,498 fresh positive cases were reported during the past 24 hours.

NEW DELHI, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surpassed the 900,000-mark on Tuesday, reaching 906,752, and the total deaths stood at 23,727, according to the latest data issued by the federal health ministry.

The ministry said 553 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides 28,498 fresh positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 23,727 and total cases to 906,752.

"As on 8:00 a.m. (local time) Tuesday, 23,727 deaths related to novel coronavirus have been recorded in the country," reads information released by the ministry.

A worker sanitizes a restaurant of a hotel before its re-opening in Agartala, Tripura, India, July 10, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

On Monday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 878,254, and the death toll 23,174.

According to ministry officials, so far 571,460 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

"The number of active cases in the country right now is 311,565," reads the information.

A farmer plants seedlings at a paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala, the capital city of India's northeastern state of Tripura, July 3, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

Presently the country has entered Unlock 2.0 phase, though restrictions remain in full force inside the COVID-19 Containment Zones. Commercial international flights to and from India are suspended until July 31.

Last week, the government of Uttar Pradesh, the country's biggest state in terms of population, had decided to impose a weekend lockdown from Friday night till Monday morning, to cut the chain of transmission of COVID-19. The state has also decided to continue with similar lockdowns every weekend.■

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