The daily cases in Maharashtra jumped to over 41,000.
India's richest state, Maharashtra, said on Saturday it would close swimming pools and gyms from Monday while schools and colleges have been closed till Feb 15 after daily cases in the state jumped to over 41,000.
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The state government has said only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into private offices while limiting the capacity to 50% of the total workforce.
The virus spread is nudging several state governments to impose fresh restrictions.
In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, authorities have extended night curfew hours and cancelled leave for all healthcare personnel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation later on Sunday, according to government sources.
The health ministry reported 327 new deaths, taking the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 483,790. Total infections stand at 35.52 million.
According to some media reports the government will announce that all mandatory restrictions and some general advice — such as staying at home when you’re sick — will be maintained.
The Centre on Tuesday informed that it has found two specific variants of SARS-CoV-2 -- N440K and E484K -- circulating in three states, Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana, which have been detected with high number of mutations.
The situation in Mumbai city is deteriorating in terms of daily cases. After a lull, in the month, the city has been garnering 4,000 to 6,500 cases daily. Night curfew has now been imposed in the city. (“Night curfew in India’s Maharashtra state after record
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