Sikh devotees pay their respects at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 13. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images

India reported over 11,000 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, a record high that follows a case spike earlier this week of just over 10,900, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: India has extended its nationwide lockdown, which is now set to end on June 30, three times. However, the country moved in late May to allow restaurants, hotels and churches outside of hotspots to resume.

  • Current hotbeds include Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, according to India's Ministry of Health.
  • Most public hospitals in New Delhi are full, AP reports, while graveyards and crematoriums are struggling to handle the influx of bodies.

India's health ministry released a guidance this week for restaurants and offices to reopen safely. People are encouraged to wear face masks, social distance and businesses are expected to take guest temperatures and stagger customer entrances.

Where it stands: India is now reporting over 300,000 coronavirus cases — the fourth-highest infection toll in the world — and nearly 9,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins.

  • 386 deaths were reported on Saturday, an increase in line with other daily fatality reports this month.

Go deeper: India extends lockdown, but allows businesses outside hot spots to reopen

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Updated Oct 19, 2020 - Health

8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

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8 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

Why it matters: Cases and hospitalizations are rising in Michigan, a state that initially fought the pandemic with strict mitigation efforts, alongside states that took less action against the spread of the virus this spring.

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Sep 20, 2020 - Health

Trump's health secretary asserts control over all new rules

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and President Donald Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote a memo this week giving him authority over all new rules and banning any of the health agencies, including the FDA, from signing any new rules "regarding the nation’s foods, medicines, medical devices and other products," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The story further underscores reporting that health and scientific agencies are undergoing a deep politicization as the Trump administration races to develop a coronavirus vaccine, as Axios' Caitlin Owens has reported. Peter Lurie, a former associate commissioner of the FDA, told the Times that the Azar memo amounted to a "power grab."