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India's richest state of Maharashtra swamped by COVID-19 pandemic's 2nd wave

CA, 09 Apr 2021
Hospitals in Maharashtra are running short of beds, piped oxygen and a key anti-viral drug as a second wave of coronavirus infections swamps India's richest state, doctors and patients' families said.

Home to India's financial capital Mumbai, Maharashtra accounts for nearly a quarter of India's 12.7 million COVID-19 infections. If the state were a country, its caseload of more than three million would be tenth-largest in the world. The western state has been reporting the most number of daily infections nationally for weeks.

India's overall daily cases rose above 100,000 for the first time on Monday, taking it past the peak of the first wave of infections last September.

Sandhya Fernandes, whose Save our Saviours group helps patients and relatives track beds in hospitals in and around Mumbai, says doctors are overwhelmed and unable to handle multiple patients at a time.

Desperate to slow the spread of the disease, the state imposed a night curfew on Monday for the rest of the month, shut down restaurants, malls and places of worship and barred the movement of most people on weekends.

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