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dazzling return of the virus, a curfew decreed in several cities

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                The number of new daily cases rose from 10,000 to 60,000 in a matter of weeks.  The increase is greatest in the state of Maharashtra, where curfews have been imposed.  But everywhere the recovery is looming and the country is trying to prepare for the worst.
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                                    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>With our correspondent in Bangalore, </em><strong>Como Bastin</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

The Covid-19 made a meteoric comeback in India. Is it the relaxation of discipline, the arrival of new variants, the fall in the immunity acquired by the population? L’Inde sees in any case the curve of new infections go up even faster than during the first wave, during which it had grazed 100,000 new cases daily.

In detail, on the more than 60 000 cases detected this Saturday March 27, 40 000, or two-thirds, are from Maharashtra. Hospitals are filling up in the cities of Bombay, Pune, or Nagpur. Since Sunday, a curfew has been decreed throughout the state from 8 p.m.

« Prepare for re-containment »

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And then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned: “ We must prepare for a re-containment If the virus continues to spread. His counterpart in Karnataka warned of the same prospects for the city of Bangalore.

Because if the increase is there for the moment less noticeable, many Indian States see the cases going up as Gujarat, Punjab or Kerala. PCR tests are more and more often requested to cross borders. Several states imposed restrictions on the famous Holi holiday on Monday.

In total, India has 500 000 active cases of the Coronavirus. 60 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the country, which has more than one billion inhabitants.

Read also: India: the world’s largest vaccine producer announces delivery delays

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Source site www.rfi.fr

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