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Maharashtra state to see curfew and weekend lockdown

April 5, 2021 9:36 am

The Indian state of Maharashtra will see tighter restrictions from Monday following a sharp spike in COVID-19 infections.

A night time curfew will be enforced and the state will be under a full lockdown on weekends.

India saw its highest day of infections since mid-September on Sunday, with 93,249 new cases.

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More than half of those were in Maharashtra, which has India’s largest city Mumbai as its capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked a specialist teams to visit the state and investigate why there has been such a severe spike there.

Some 165,000 people have died of COVID-19 in India, and there have been 12.5 million confirmed infections.

This is Maharashtra’s second full lockdown and government officials had been warning the move was imminent for some time.

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