Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s Minister of Health Rajesh Tope has said the COVID-19 situation in the state is alarming. “We need to take strict measures. Lockdowns can be imposed if necessary for certain districts. We have empowered district administrations to decide on closures,” Tope told NDTV. “People have to adhere to the rules. We can increase the penalty for non-compliance,” he added.

Maharashtra added 11,141 new infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 22,19,727, while 38 deaths brought the toll to 52,478, the state’s health department said. It was the largest one-day increase since Oct. 16, when the state reported 11,447 cases.

In addition, the city of Mumbai reported 1,361 new cases during the day while the division of Mumbai including Mumbai and satellite cities added 2,493 new infections. Mumbai city’s case count reached 3,355,569, while the total death toll rose by four to 11,504, the department added.

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