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India's Maharashtra state imposes 15-day lockdown to slow COVID-19 spread

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Police officers attempt to control a crowd at a railway station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

MUMBAI, April 13 (Reuters) - India's richest state, Maharashtra, will be under lockdown from Wednesday night for 15 days to slow rising coronavirus infections, its chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra, home to India's financial capital Mumbai and the country's most industrial state, has been the country's worst hit state, accounting for about a quarter of its 13.5 million cases.

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