Maharashtra, India’s richest state, tightened restrictions on Friday and cited fears of a “third more severe wave” as the country recorded its third death caused by a new variant of the coronavirus.
The announcement came days after India ministries of health called Delta Plus a “variant of concern,” citing its greater transmissibility and ability to bind to lung cell receptors more easily.
India has reported 48 cases of the variant so far, with Maharashtra reporting 21 infections, higher than any other state.
Three people have died after hiring Delta Plus, including one in Maharashtra, the state Health department spokesman Ajay Jadhav told AFP.
Under the new guidelines, the shopping malls and theaters of Maharashtra, where the financial center of Mumbai is located, will remain closed, while restaurants will be able to operate on weekdays with a capacity of 50% until 16:00.
Gyms, lounges and shops will also have to close at 4pm, while a limit of 50 wedding guests will be imposed.
Sidewalks occur less than a month after the state eased restrictions in most districts, as coronavirus cases declined after a devastating second wave in the country.
Infections and deaths in India skyrocketed to record levels in April and May, overwhelming health services in some places and causing blockades in most of the country.
India has recorded more than 30 million infections since the pandemic began, with Maharashtra accounting for about one-fifth of all cases.
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