India’s big cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have reported on decreasing the covid-19 numbers. The local authorities have decided to ease the lockdown.
New Delhi’s shopping malls, cafes and markets will be reopened from Monday in a further easing of the covid-19 lockdown. As the chief minister said, pathogen cases fall in major Indian cities after weeks of restrictions.
Since next week, markets and malls will operate on alternate days, with half of them open on any given day, while offices reopen at half-capacity but Mr Kejriwal urged people to still try to work from home.
For India, it is vital to bring the economy back on track now that the corona situation improving.
In its efforts to stabilize the result, the government of Maharashtra state announced a five-level plan to ease restrictions depending on infection rates and hospital bed occupancy.
In level-one areas – with infection rates below 5 per cent and hospital bed occupancy below 25 per cent – all shops, restaurants and malls will be allowed to reopen, IndiaOnline reports.
In India, the devastating surge was blamed on new virus variants and the government having allowed most activity to return to normal, including mass religious and political gatherings. Unfortunately, the nationwide inoculation campaign is making slow progress due to shortages, confusion and squabbling between both the central government and state authorities.
As of Saturday, about 180 million people, only 14 per cent of the population, have received one dose, and 45 million, or 3.4 per cent, two shots.