India's richest state Maharashtra tightened restrictions Friday, citing fears of a "more severe third wave" as the country recorded its third death caused by a new coronavirus variant.
India's new coronavirus infections reached a record on Wednesday, as crowds of pilgrims gathered for a religious festival despite oxygen shortages and strict curbs in other areas.
Ten newborns were killed on Saturday in a massive fire at a hospital in Maharashtra, India's richest state, a doctor said, as leading politicians expressed grief at the loss of life.
Two Indian states ordered the closure of public buildings, cinemas and bars in several major cities on Friday, with Mumbai and Bengaluru subject to differing restrictions, after the country reported its first death from the coronavirus.
At least seven workers were killed and several more were feared trapped after a blast at a chemical factory in western India on Saturday
The Marathas, who make up around 30% of Maharashtra state's 110 million people, want quotas or "reservations" to ensure they get jobs in the government.
Protests have been mounting across the key state since Monday, when a Maratha community activist jumped to his death from a bridge in protest.
The number of Maoist militants killed in an ambush by Indian security forces has risen to 37 after more bodies were pulled out of a river on Tuesday, authorities said.
A fire broke out at an Indian chemical factory and spread through an industrial zone killing three people and injuring 15, police and officials said on Friday.
A boat with at least 40 students on board capsized off the coast of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday, an official said. Following a massive search and rescue operation, 32 of them were saved from the Arabian Sea.