Photos: Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra as Covid-19 cases surge

  • A second surge in Covid-19 infections, which has spread much more rapidly than the first one that peaked in September, has forced many states to impose fresh curbs. Authorities in Maharashtra, the state with the highest cases at the moment, have ordered a weekend lockdown that came in to effect at 8pm on April 9 and will end early on April 12. Mega cities such as Mumbai, the country's financial centre and Maharashtra's capital have already imposed a night curfew until April 30.
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A man walks with his bicycle in front of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) building and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) during a weekend lockdown on April 10 in Mumbai. A weekend lockdown in light of rising Covid-19 cases came into effect across Maharashtra from 8pm on April 9 and will be in place till 7am on April 12.(Francis Mascarenhas/REUTERS)

A man walks with his bicycle in front of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) building and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) during a weekend lockdown on April 10 in Mumbai. A weekend lockdown in light of rising Covid-19 cases came into effect across Maharashtra from 8pm on April 9 and will be in place till 7am on April 12.(Francis Mascarenhas/REUTERS)

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The J.J flyover is seen deserted on the first day of the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. During the lockdown period, nobody will be allowed to step out of their homes without a valid reason, all establishments, except those providing essential services, will be shut.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

The J.J flyover is seen deserted on the first day of the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. During the lockdown period, nobody will be allowed to step out of their homes without a valid reason, all establishments, except those providing essential services, will be shut.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

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A person feeding birds on an otherwise deserted Girgaon chowpatty during the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. The Maharashtra government is mulling extending the lockdown till 7am on April 19 to break the transmission chain, HT reported.(Shashank Parade/PTI)

A person feeding birds on an otherwise deserted Girgaon chowpatty during the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. The Maharashtra government is mulling extending the lockdown till 7am on April 19 to break the transmission chain, HT reported.(Shashank Parade/PTI)

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Deserted roads are seen on Marine Drive during the weekend lockdown imposed by the state government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Mumbai on April 10. Chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has called an all-party meeting in the evening where the proposal is likely to be discussed in detail.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

Deserted roads are seen on Marine Drive during the weekend lockdown imposed by the state government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Mumbai on April 10. Chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has called an all-party meeting in the evening where the proposal is likely to be discussed in detail.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

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A woman walking through the Dadar Shivaji Park during the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. State health minister Rajesh Tope had on April 9 said that the state is heading towards complete lockdown and is hoping to bring the situation under control before that.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

A woman walking through the Dadar Shivaji Park during the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. State health minister Rajesh Tope had on April 9 said that the state is heading towards complete lockdown and is hoping to bring the situation under control before that.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

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Shoppers buying vegetables from stalls at the Dadar wholesale vegetable market during the lockdown on April 10. The guidelines circulated have allowed all Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (AMPC) markets to remain open during weekend lockdown, provided they ensure strict adherence of Covid-appropriate behaviour.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Shoppers buying vegetables from stalls at the Dadar wholesale vegetable market during the lockdown on April 10. The guidelines circulated have allowed all Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (AMPC) markets to remain open during weekend lockdown, provided they ensure strict adherence of Covid-appropriate behaviour.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

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A train on a platform at the Dadar railway station on the first day of the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. After a nationwide lockdown a year ago caused widespread hardships and one of the sharpest downturns of any major economy, the central and state governments are desperate to avoid a second shutdown.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

A train on a platform at the Dadar railway station on the first day of the weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. After a nationwide lockdown a year ago caused widespread hardships and one of the sharpest downturns of any major economy, the central and state governments are desperate to avoid a second shutdown.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

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Deserted roads at Bhendi Bazzar during theweekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10, when India reported 145,000 new cases, a new record in the pandemic's trajectory, taking the total to 13.2 million with 168,467 deaths.(Shashank Parade/PTI)

Deserted roads at Bhendi Bazzar during theweekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10, when India reported 145,000 new cases, a new record in the pandemic's trajectory, taking the total to 13.2 million with 168,467 deaths.(Shashank Parade/PTI)

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A Hindu priest is seen near the deserted Chowpatty beach during a weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. Maharashtra reported 58,993 new Covid-19 cases, 45,391 recoveries, and 301 deaths during the previous 24 -hour period, the Union Health ministry's health update showed on April 10.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

A Hindu priest is seen near the deserted Chowpatty beach during a weekend lockdown in Mumbai on April 10. Maharashtra reported 58,993 new Covid-19 cases, 45,391 recoveries, and 301 deaths during the previous 24 -hour period, the Union Health ministry's health update showed on April 10.(Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

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