India’s financial capital, Mumbai, has recorded 51,000 cases of Covid, taking it past the peak in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.
The news comes amid a surge of infections in India, which has 266,598 confirmed cases.
Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, has 90,000 of them.
Infections are also spiking in the capital Delhi, where authorities have said they expect to see more than half a million cases by the end of July.
The surge coincides with India’s decision to relax restrictions after three months of a stringent lockdown that was intended to curb the spread of the virus.
On 8 June, shopping malls, places of worship and offices were allowed to reopen. Before that, shops, market places and transport services had all been allowed to operate as well.
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In This Story: Lockdown
During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.