New Delhi: India recorded 1,543 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 62 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness – the biggest single-day spike – taking the total to 29,435 COVID-19 cases so far, including 934 deaths. Across the country, 6,869 patients have recovered so far; the recovery rate stood at 23.33 percent this morning. In a video meeting with chief ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated that the coronavirus lockdown could continue beyond May 3 in parts of the country worst affected by the pandemic identified as hotspots. “We have to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight against COVID-19,” PM Modi told the chief ministers. Economic activities are likely to reopen in orange and green districts, which have far fewer cases or none.