India reported nearly 20,000 new cases of coronavirus for the second day in a row on Monday, while the Mumbai financial center extended its foreclosure for a month.
According to data from the Indian Federal Ministry of Health released on Monday, 19,459 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours. This is slightly down from Sunday’s record 19,906, but the sign cases in the country have not yet declined.
India is behind only the United States, Brazil and Russia. More than 16,000 people have died from the disease caused by the virus since the first case in India in January, which is low compared to countries where the number of cases is similar.
But experts fear that its hospitals will not be able to cope with a sharp increase in the number of cases.
The western state of Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, extended its lockout by one month until the end of July, as new cases increased in key cities such as than Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.
Mumbai witnessed massive traffic jams on the main roads connecting the suburbs to the southern business district on Monday, as authorities erected roadblocks to control the new travel restrictions.
Under the new rule, residents can visit markets, lounges and parks within 2 km of their home, but have asked not to leave the house unnecessarily. Office workers are exempt from the rule.