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Restrictions imposed in Indian state driving COVID surge

Maharashtra, which incorporates India’s monetary capital Mumbai, to impose lockdowns and curfews in bid to halt surge.

India’s richest state, Maharashtra, has introduced stringent COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, after a speedy rise in infections now accounting for greater than half the every day new instances in India.

The state, which incorporates the monetary capital, Mumbai, will shut down malls, cinemas, bars, eating places and locations of worship from Monday night.

Authorities will even impose a whole lockdown on weekends, Nawab Malik, a minister in the state authorities, advised reporters on Sunday after a cupboard assembly.

Malik mentioned the federal government will even impose an evening curfew throughout the state from 8pm to 7am from Monday, permitting solely important companies to function throughout these hours.

The state’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met with a bunch of high industrialists on Sunday earlier than saying the brand new restrictions, in accordance with a press release from his workplace.

Devotees pray exterior the gate of a church throughout Good Friday celebrations in Mumbai, India [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Coronavirus instances proceed to rise quickly in India with the variety of new infections nearing an all-time excessive on Sunday, largely pushed by infections in Maharashtra.

The nation reported 93,249 new instances in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, in accordance with information from the federal well being ministry.

Maharashtra, which accounts for lower than a tenth of India’s inhabitants, accounted for a report 49,447 new instances.

The state, in accordance with well being ministry information, has contributed 57 p.c of complete instances and 47 p.c of deaths in the nation in the final 14 days.

India has the world’s third-largest caseload of coronavirus instances after the United States and Brazil, recording greater than 12.3 million instances and a minimum of 164,000 deaths.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level assembly on Sunday to assessment the COVID-19 scenario and vaccination programme.

Meanwhile, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar mentioned on Sunday he has examined constructive for the virus, turning into the newest Indian celeb to contract COVID-19

“I wish to inform everyone that, earlier this morning, I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Kumar posted on Twitter.

“I would sincerely request all those that have come in contact with me to get tested,” he added.

Saturday additionally noticed Indian spin star Axar Patel announce he had examined constructive and was in isolation forward of the beginning of the profitable Twenty20 Indian Premier League match.

The news got here only a day after Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar mentioned he had been hospitalised as a precautionary measure after testing constructive every week earlier.

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