Hospitals in the eastern Indian state of Karnataka are to be closed for a day in protest over the flu.
The state government announced that all its 10 hospitals and 12 primary health centres would be shut down from Wednesday.
The shutdown of hospitals in the state is part of the government’s strategy to tackle the pandemic, which has killed more than 10 million people.
The state is also facing a major crisis in the rehabilitation and treatment of injured and dying patients.
State Health Minister Ananth Kumar said the closure of all hospitals and primary health facilities was a step to ensure that no-one can come to the state without a proper treatment.
Kumar said the state was already facing a huge shortage of doctors, and the closure would ensure that the state had doctors in the best condition to care for its patients.