India begins to open cautiously as virus cases decrease

Businesses in India’s two largest cities are steadily declining in the number of new coronavirus infections in the country on Monday as part of gradual easing lockdown measures in several states.

The Indian capital has allowed businesses and stores to reopen in a limited amount of time, and Delhi Metro, which serves New Delhi and its surrounding areas, has also reopened with 50% capacity. Last week, capital authorities allowed some manufacturing and construction activities to resume.

“Now the situation in Corona is in control. We have to get the economy on track,” New Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwar told reporters on Sunday.

Severe blockades have been in place since April, but the catastrophic surge in infections continued until May, overwhelming medical facilities in many parts of the country.

Some health professionals are concerned that restrictions will be relaxed too soon, and that the virus has spread unchecked in Indian villages where testing and medical care are restricted. ..

Kejriwar warned that the new outbreak of infection could be even more serious, and said the administration would build a new oxygen production facility and expand the capacity of the intensive care unit.

In Mumbai’s financial center and one of the worst-hit states, the coastal Maharashtra, malls, cinemas, restaurants and offices have reopened in areas with less than 5% positive rates. It was. However, the state’s huge rail network will continue to be closed.

Other Indian cities have also begun to phase out the blockade rules.

After peaking at more than 400,000 new cases per day in May, new infections and mortality have declined, with the government reopening only 1.6% annually in the January-March quarter. Hope to revive the economy

On Monday, newly infected individuals fell to the lowest score in two months.

With 100,636 cases added in the last 24 hours, India’s total number is close to 29 million, the second highest after the United States. According to the Ministry of Health, an additional 2,427 people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total casualties to 349,186. Both numbers are considered to be a significant understatement.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is under increasing pressure to expedite vaccination. To date, more than 222 million jabs have been administered in India, and less than 5% of the country is fully vaccinated.

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