Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Delhi announces ‘very, very slow’ easing of lockdown

A man walks past a graffiti of people wearing protective masks amidst the spread of coronavirus on a street in Navi Mumbai. (REUTERS)

Indian authorities Friday announced a “very very slow” easing of the lockdown in the capital New Delhi as coronavirus infections fall in major cities after weeks of lockdown.

Rural areas now however seeing the brunt of a surge in cases that has overwhelmed the health care system and killed at least 160,000 people since the start of March.


Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi chief minister, said that from Monday construction work and factories can resume “keeping the poorest section of our society, the labourers and daily wage workers, in mind.”

“We are starting the process of reopening very, very slowly. We will reassess it after a week based on experts and people’s opinions,” he said.

Daily infections reported across India have more than halved from more than 400,000 earlier this month, according to official statistics.

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