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India Reports Record Spike In COVID-19 Cases, But Nixes Another Nationwide Lockdown

With 12,881 new infections, Thursday's daily tally is India's highest so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ruled out another national lockdown, saying it's too painful for the economy.

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Lauren Frayer covers India for NPR News. In June 2018, she opened a new NPR bureau in India's biggest city, its financial center, and the heart of Bollywood—Mumbai.