: India’s richest Maharashtra state started a weekend lockdown on Saturday(April 10) in a bid to curb the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases across the state.
Streets of India’s financial capital Mumbai were deserted and shops remained shuttered. Maharashtra, has already shut down restaurants, malls and places of worship and barred the movement of most people to control the outbreak that has threatened to overrun medical facilities and created vaccine shortages, officials said.
The state is struggling through the worst phase of its COVID-19 pandemic, and reported more than 59,000 cases in a day on Friday (April 9) with over 300 deaths.
India reported a record 145,384 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and the highest number of deaths in more than five months, as it grapples with an overwhelming second-wave of infections that has forced the state of Maharashtra to impose a weekend lockdown. Deaths rose by 794 to a total of 168,436, health ministry data showed.
The government blames the resurgence mainly on crowding and a reluctance to wear masks as businesses have nearly fully reopened since February, only to be partially shut again to control the current surge.