India Lifts Lockdown

After a 10-week lockdown in India the government has risked lifting some restrictions in a bid to ease
the devastating blow to the economy dealt by
the coronavirus.

The number of new cases rose by 9,983 to
256,611, according to India government the figures
announced on Monday, putting the country of 1.3
billion on course to overtake Britain and Spain among nations with the highest number of

Malls and temples re-opened in several cities across India on Monday despite the country recording a record daily number of new
coronavirus infections, with the pandemic expected to ravage the country for weeks to come. The reported death toll of 7,135 is much lower than reported in other badly-hit countries, but the
epidemic is only expected to peak locally in July, according to health experts.

A Businessman in India Mohit Budhiraja, wearing a mask
and carrying sanitiser, went to his local temple in
eastern Delhi for the first time since the lockdown. “I hope things improve, but now I will come every day.”

Many temples set up sanitisation tunnels at their
entrances and barred worshippers from bringing offerings.

“It felt like something was missing when I
couldn’t come to the temple for all these weeks,” he said. in the capital Delhi, shopping malls, restaurants, temples and mosques were allowed to re-open for the first time since March 25.

The response was tentative, however, and only a trickle of people returned to some places of worship. “People are having their temperature tested twice before they get in,” said Ravindra Goel, a trustee of the Jhandewalan temple, one of the
oldest in Delhi.

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