India eases coronavirus restrictions as new infections drop to two-month low


Several states in India on Monday eased restrictions imposed to combat the outbreak of the Corona virus, including the capital, Delhi, as the authorities allowed the opening of all stores and shopping centers, with the number of new infections dropping to the lowest level in more than two months.
Experts have warned of a complete opening of the economy, given that only about five percent of the country’s adults, numbering nearly 950 million, are vaccinated with the two necessary doses, which leaves millions at risk.
The number of injuries jumped to its peak in May, recording nearly 400,000 new cases per day, but it fell to 70,421 new injuries during the past 24 hours, the lowest number since March 31, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The data indicated that the number of injuries in India now stands at 29.51 million, which is the second largest number in the world after the United States, while the total number of deaths is 374,305 after 3,921 new deaths were recorded.
Authorities in Delhi have allowed all shops and malls to open, but bars, gyms, cinemas and parks will remain closed.
The city’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said authorities would monitor markets and restaurants carefully this week.
In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, known for its auto industry, the authorities allowed some companies to work at 50 percent of employees and reopened barbershops and liquor stores.
In Bengaluru, the capital of neighboring Karnataka state and a major technology hub, traffic returned to the streets after authorities allowed businesses to partially reopen, but maintained a strict curfew at night and on weekends.
Pressure has increased in India to resume some economic activities as millions depend on daily work to earn a living.


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