Malls, places of worship set to reopen as India's coronavirus tally nears 250,000
The nation will open shopping malls, hotels and restaurants today, in tune with the govt guidelines announced earlier, but amid a rapid increase in cases.
The Union health ministry warned the relaxations shouldn’t be taken for granted if India is to ward off the contagion.
India will significantly reopen its economy on Monday after a strict 70-day lockdown that severely disrupted businesses, dented household incomes and forced millions of migrant workers to return home.
The resumption of operations at shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will mark the start of ‘Unlock 1.0’--the first phase of the end of the prolonged lockdown that first began on 25 March.
This will come at a time when the coronavirus tally has been rising rapidly, with India recording the highest single-day spike in cases for the past five days. India, which has 255,906 coronavirus cases, on Saturday surpassed Spain to the fifth spot among nations worst-affected by coronavirus. It is currently behind the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, as per the Johns Hopkins University live dashboard of the disease.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the Indian state with the most cases, crossed that of China on Sunday.
For the fifth day in a row, India recorded a spike of over 9,000 in the number of new novel coronavirus infections reported from across the country. As of June 7, India has 246,628 confirmed cases, including 120,406 active cases, 119,293 recoveries and 6,929 casualties as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's Covid-19 bulletin on Sunday morning.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the Indian state with the most cases, crossed that of China on Sunday with a tally of 85,975. Maharashtra's Health Department reported 3,007 new cases on June 7.
Even as confirmed cases continue to rise rapidly, shopping malls and places of worship are gearing up to reopen from Monday while abiding by SOPs part of the Ministry of Home Affairs' "Unlock-1" notification. This is part of the Government of India's three-phased plan to gradually reverse the nationwide lockdown first enforced on March 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.