NEW DELHI (AP) – Hindus tossed colored powder and sprayed water at massive Holi celebrations on Monday, although many Indian states restricted gatherings to try and contain a coronavirus resurgence across the country >

Holi marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by Hindu majority throughout India.Most years, millions of people throw colored powder at each other during outdoor celebrations.But for the second consecutive year, people have been encouraged to stay home, to avoid the festivities turning into super-spreader events amid the recent virus flood

India’s confirmed infections had 60 in the past weekExceeded 000 daily, after a low of around 10000 in February Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 68020 new cases, the strongest daily increase since October last year. The national balance sheet was more than 12 million

Daily deaths rose by 291 and the virus has 161 so far843 people killed in the country

The most recent surge is in western Maharashtra state, where authorities have tightened travel restrictions and imposed night curfews and a strict lockdown is under consideration

The cases are also increasing in the capital New Delhi and in the states of Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh

The upswing coincides with multi-stage state elections marked by large gatherings and road shows, and the Kumbh Mela or Krugfest, which is celebrated in the northern city of Haridwar, where tens of thousands of Hindu devotees take holy baths in the Ganges every day / p>

Health professionals fear that unchecked gatherings can lead to clusters The situation can be controlled if the vaccination is opened to more people and the COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed

India, with a population of more than 1 billion, has vaccinated around 60 million people, of whom only 9 million have received both vaccine doses so far

However, more than 60 million cans made in India have been exported overseas, leading to widespread criticism that domestic needs should be met first

The government said last week that there would be no immediate surge in exports April vaccines will be given to all over 45 year olds


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