BENGALURU, May 6 (Reuters) - Indian shares edged higher on Thursday, buoyed by gains in metal stocks on strong steel futures and solid quarterly results from Tata Steel , even as the country grappled with the relentless spike in COVID-19 cases.
India reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally past 21 million, while deaths rose by a record 3,980, health ministry data showed. Steel TISC.NS jumped nearly 5% after beating quarterly profit estimates, driving rival JSW Steel JSTL.NS up more than 3% and pushing the Nifty Metal index .NIFTYMET up 2.7%. IRONORE/
State-run lender IDBI Bank IDBI.NS surged nearly 15% after the government on Wednesday approved a stake sale.
Cipla Ltd CIPL.NS gained as much as 3.2% after India gave emergency use approval for a COVID-19 antibody drug cocktail developed by Roche ROG.S and Regeneron REGN.O for which Cipla is the local distribution partner. Nifty 50 component Hero MotoCorp HROM.NS is due to report its quarterly results later in the day.
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