Three major Indian states sought to postpone the opening of their airports on Monday after a record jump in the number of new cases of the emerging coronavirus, complicating the central government’s plan to resume flights after stopping them for two months.

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India recorded 6,767 new Corona cases on Sunday, the largest daily number of infections so far in the country, bringing the total number to over 131,000.

Airlines are preparing to resume about a third of their domestic flights as of Monday, although it is not yet clear which states will allow flights or quarantine rules that may be imposed on passengers.

Local officials said the states of Maharashtra in western India, Tamil Nadu in the south and West Bengal in the east, and major commercial cities including the country’s busiest airports, said they were not ready to resume flights with a high number of registered cases of the virus.

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