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India's new COVID-19 cases surge to 179,723

  • >> Reuters
    Published: 2022-01-10 10:17:18 BdST

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a woman as others wait for their turn during a rapid antigen testing drive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a roadside in Ahmedabad, India, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Amit Dave

India reported 179,723 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, the most since late May, health ministry data showed, taking the total to 35.71 million.

Deaths rose by 146 to 483,936.

India's richest state, Maharashtra, said on Saturday it would close swimming pools and gyms from Monday while schools and colleges have been closed till Feb 15 after daily cases in the state jumped to over 41,000.

The state government has said only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into private offices while limiting the capacity to 50% of the total workforce.

In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, authorities have extended night curfew hours and cancelled leave for all healthcare personnel.