Mumbai (Reuters)-India’s wealthiest state, Maharashtra, announced strict COVID-19 restrictions starting on Monday, after infections have risen rapidly and now account for more than half of the new daily cases in India.
The state, including the financial capital Mumbai, will close shopping centers, cinemas, bars, restaurants and places of worship from Monday night.
State Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the authorities will also complete a complete lockdown over the weekend.
Malik said the government will also impose a statewide curfew from 8 pm to 7 am on Monday, and only open basic services during these hours.
The state’s chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, said in a statement issued by his office that he met with a group of top industrialists on Sunday before announcing the new restrictions.
Coronavirus cases in India continue to increase rapidly, with the number of new infections on Sunday approaching the highest level in history, mainly caused by infections in Maharashtra.
According to data from the Federal Ministry of Health, the country reported 93,249 new cases in the 24 hours as of Sunday morning. Maharashtra, which accounts for less than one-tenth of India’s population, has created a record 49,447 new cases.
According to the Ministry of Health, the state contributed 57% of the country’s total cases and 47% of deaths in the past 1
Since the outbreak, India has been second only to the United States and Brazil in terms of infection, with more than 12 million cases recorded and nearly 165,000 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the status of COVID-19 and the vaccination plan.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Abhirup Roy, editing by Rupam Jain, Frances Kerry, Peter Graff)