India's daily COVID-19 cases retreated from record levels on Tuesday, but stayed above the 200,000 mark for a sixth straight day, with cases increasing by 259,170 over the last 24 hours.

Iran PressAsia: Deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,761 to reach a total of 180,530, health ministry data showed.

Earlier, the head of the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences in New Delhi has said that the B.1.617 COVID-19 variant, which mutated in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in India was more contagious.

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