major cities India’s will reopen on Monday. There are long buses in the financial center of Mumbai. As traffic returns to the streets of New Delhi After the second wave of the coronavirus that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
100,636 new infections in the last 24 hours. It was the lowest in the world’s second most populous country since April 6 and above last month’s peak of more than 400,000, allowing authorities to reopen parts of the economy.
“We have to save ourselves from infection. But it also brings the economy back to the way it was,” said Arvind Kejariwal, Delhi Chief Minister.
He ordered half of the capital’s shops to open on odd and even days of the month respectively. to limit the crowd But it allows Delhi’s offices and metro network to operate 50% of its capacity.
But there are still some restrictions, such as a ban on eating in restaurants. The use of theaters and gyms in the city continues to slowly recover. From the increase in the number of hospitals in April and May, the hospital was overwhelming.
They lacked beds and medical oxygen. and people died in the parking lots of hospitals and homes. As the crematorium and morgue struggle to cope with the constant stream of corpses.
India added 2,427 overnight deaths to a total of 349,186, the health ministry said, down from more than 4,000 for the worst day of the crisis. while the total number of infected people now stands at 28.9 million.
But experts believe both numbers are undercounted and may be a few times higher than the official numbers.
Officials in the western state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located. Allows businesses to run until late afternoon with half the staff. and opening gyms, beauty salons and spas, although cinemas and shopping malls must be shut down
The reopening effort comes as authorities try to vaccinate nearly 1.4 billion people in a strategy that officials say is the only way to limit a third wave of infections.
But limited supply means fewer than 5% of 950 million Indian adults have received two mandatory doses of the vaccine.
The pressure to resume certain economic activities has increased. Because millions rely on daily wages to pay for food and rent.
Monu Yadav, a tea seller, told Reuters partner ANI in Varanasi: “I opened a shop after 40 days,” adding that only a fraction of his customers had returned.
last week The central bank has lowered its economic growth forecast to 9.5% from 10.5% for fiscal 2021.
the second wave It “undermines the ongoing recovery” but “is not extinguished,” said Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das.
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